Dove Cottage Uncovered
While most museums aim to attract visitors by filling their rooms with the authentic possessions and works of their literary owners, staff at Dove Cottage & the Wordsworth Museum – the former home of William and Dorothy Wordsworth in the UK’s Lake District – are hoping to pull in the crowds by displaying it entirely empty.
The museum is currently undergoing an extensive renovation program in preparation for "Reimagining Wordsworth," next year’s 250th anniversary celebrations of William’s birthday. There will be new galleries, exhibitions, and interactive displays examining his poems as the building is turned back into the home that the Wordsworths loved in 1800, including a reinterpretation of their moss hut sanctuary in the garden.
In the meantime, visitors can enjoy what the museum describes as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to look around a furniture-less Dove Cottage and inspect the conservation work at the Grade I-listed building. Dove Cottage Uncovered runs until November 3, then Dove Cottage will be closed until spring 2020, although the shop will remain open.