Jeff Cowton is Manager and Head of Knowing at Wordsworth Grasmere, the Dove Cottage home of writers William and Dorothy Wordsworth in between 1799-1808. Jeff has actually operated at the Trust for almost 40 years, and is a leading figure in the field of interpreting literary manuscripts on which he has actually lectured in the USA and mainland Europe. He oversees the Trust’s’ traineeship program (6 young individuals spending a year in Grasmere) and in the 1990s played an essential role in the advancement of training standards for the cultural sector. In 2010, Jeff was granted an MBE for services to museums and he is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Cumbria.
The title of Jeff’s talk is ‘Poetry that “will live and do excellent”. Reimagining Wordsworth by Jeff Cowton.
It was at Dove Cottage that William composed the majority of his biggest poetry, and Dorothy her Grasmere journal. The site, along with a Federal government ‘Designated’ collection of 70,000 manuscripts, books and photos is owned and run by The Wordsworth Trust. A ₤ 6m redevelopment job, ‘Reimagining Wordsworth’ is nearing completion, in which Jeff has led the re-interpretation of your home and new museum. In this talk Jeff will discuss this project and the resulting re-interpretation of Dove Home and the museum.
This talk will premiere as a FREE public event on Mon 1st February at 6.30 pm.
Find out more about our Literature and Creative Writing degrees here: https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/academic-departments/institute-of-arts/humanities/