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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 11:54 GMT 12:54 UK
Poet museum's 120,000 revamp
Wordsworth Centre
The centre based at the poet's former home in Cumbria has been expanded
A museum dedicated to the work of the 19th Century romantic poet William Wordsworth has undergone a revamp.

More than 120,000 has been spent on almost doubling the size of the galleries at the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere in time for Easter.

The museum, next door to Dove Cottage, where the poet lived, also boasts new exhibits including a 300,000 Turner watercolour of Ullswater.

The museum is also unveiling a new portrait of Wordsworth.

Other additions to the museum, which will be completed by the summer, will include new computers so visitors can access the catalogue of the trust's collections and an updated virtual tour of Dove Cottage.

75,000 visitors

The attraction's Treasures of the Trust exhibition is also displaying new exhibits including the manuscripts of the work of the Romantic poets and drawings of the Lake District by many artists including Joseph Farington, George Beaumont and Edward Lear.

The work has been funded by the Foundation for Sport and the Arts.

More than 50,000 documents, works of art, and general memorabilia are held by the Wordsworth Trust. About 75,000 people visit Dove Cottage each year.

Since it was founded in 1891, the trust has developed a museum, archive, store, library and shop.


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