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Wonder and Wander for English Students: Lancaster University and Wordsworth’s Lake District

A level English Literature students had the chance to visit Lancaster University and the Lake District from Thursday 4 to Friday 5 October.

The students’ stop off at Lancaster University allowed them to explore the campus and experience the Freshers’ Fair for new undergraduates. Student Adriana Doutaj said: ‘It was really interesting to see how Lancaster University is a campus that has the feel of a close community as all the accommodation and student facilities are situated within a beautiful 360-acre parkland.’

The students then travelled on to Hawkshead and Ambleside before taking a Wordsworth-themed tour of Dove Cottage, Rydal Mount and the Wordsworth Trust museum.

Dove Cottage became the home of William Wordsworth in 1799, after he saw it while on a walking tour of the Lake District. He wrote some of his most famous and well-loved poems while living there. He moved to Rydal Mount in 1814 and was there until his death in 1850.

While at Dove Cottage, the students attended a bespoke workshop on Romanticism by experts at the Wordsworth Trust, and were able to handle rare first editions such as Shelley’s Frankenstein as well as texts owned by Wordsworth himself.

Student Kieren Mason said: ‘I loved seeing the notes Wordsworth had made around his copy of Paradise Lost, and holding an £80,000 copy of a first edition of Keats’ poems was pretty mind-blowing!’

This trip was organised by our English Department and NCOP Officer.