Dorothy’s Grasmere Journal gets world wide recognition
Dorothy Wordsworth’s Grasmere Journal has been awarded UNESCO status.
On 9 July 2013, UNESCO included the Journal amongst 11 documents selected from UK libraries, archives and museums, to be added to the UK’s ‘Memory of the World’ Register. Other selected documents included the Domesday Book, the Thomas Hardy archives, and the Winston Churchill archives. See: http://www.unesco.org.uk/2012_uk_memory_of_the_world_register
The Grasmere Journal comprises the notebooks in which Dorothy Wordsworth recorded everyday life in Dove Cottage, between May 1800 and January 1803. (Four of the original five survive; all are kept at the Wordsworth Museum.) They describe, in Dorothy’s beautiful prose, the Wordsworths’ domestic life, their neighbourhood, and the natural world; they also give us an intimate portrait of one of the world’s greatest poets at work.
Country-level Memory of the World Registers exist around the globe, helping to promote documentary heritage of local significance. The UK Register was created in 2010, and now contains 41 documents in total. Previous years’ awards are listed at:
As you can see, the accolade is awarded across a wide range: all the way from the 1689 Bill of Rights, to Alfred Hitchcock’s films.
There is also an International Register, which features items of global significance, such as the Magna Carta, the Bayeux Tapestry, and the Gutenberg Bible.
The Memory of the World programme is part of UNESCO’s work to promote preservation of, and access to, the world’s archive holdings and library collections.
Michael McGregor, Director of the Wordsworth Trust, said: “This is further confirmation of the importance of our collection to the cultural heritage of the UK and the wider world.”
Report, with minor adaptation, taken from Autumn 2013 edition of the magazine for Friends of Wordsworth Museum.
Peter MacGowan – Cumbria Tourist Guide
Uniquely Coniston goes online
All this year’s exciting collection of Uniquely Coniston walks our now available to book online thanks to our friends at Cumbria Tourism
Visit their eShop at WWW.GOLAKES.CO.UK/ESHOP
Not surprisingly, you will find us under ‘Scenic Walks and Tours’
Come and join Cumbria Tourist Guides for a great day out
Return of Uniquely Coniston
Cumbria Tourist guides will be hosting a series of walks & tours again this year, based around the beautiful historic town of Coniston. Have a look at our What’s On page to see what we have to offer
This season of diverse and interesting events will run from April through to October
You can also peruse some of our introductory ‘Welcome Walks’ from as little as £5 per person
Local guide keeps abreast of ‘The Times’
He’s so modest you won’t even find him on our website, but local guide Rob Willan has been getting great feedback on his Sedbergh guided walk. The Times newspaper was impressed by his erudite insight into the Cumbrian book town and combining Rob with local poet Dick Brooks certainly gave the journalist a weekend to remember. If you subscribe to the paper you can read it online, otherwise here’s a scan of the paper article
Electric bikes charging ahead in Cumbria
A number of our guides have taken to the saddle this summer and are introducing visitors to the benefits of electric bikes. These machines, which make light work of Cumbria’s spectacular landscape, are becoming more widely available and a number of our most popular visitor attractions have installed charging points to extend the ground that can be covered on your day out. You can try out this exciting new technology as part of the Cumbria Tourist Guides activities. See individual guides who offer cycle tours