I’ve got some wonderful new friends at Wordsworth House – and I don’t just mean all the lovely staff joining us when we reopen on March 9. (I’ll be introducing them to you over the next few weeks.)
Invasion: Here come the rats!
I’m talking about an invasion of rats! I know that doesn’t sound good, but bear with me, as I’m not referring to the living, breathing, pestilent kind.
Ours are cuddly toys that my friend visitor services manager Kirsty, henceforth to be know as the Pied Piper of Wordsworth House, bought in bulk at a certain well-known Swedish home furnishing store.
If you want to know why she bought them, all I’m authorised to say is that they will be playing an important part in our new visitor offer. To find out more, you’ll have to visit us on a Sunday and bring along at least one child!
We’ve got lots of new things happening his season, including a daily audio tour, offering fresh insights into the people who made this lovely house their home.
On Mondays and Thursdays, we’ll also have volunteer-led guided tours. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, the servants will be cooking in the kitchen and giving special 20-minute talks, and on selected Wednesdays, there will be conservation cleaning demos or garden tours.
Visitors to the cellar may recognise the ghostly presence of Ruth, one of the stars of ITV1 reality series Inside the National Trust, who helped put presenter Michael Buerk through his paces as a (not very successful) Georgian manservant. Ruth, in her role as Amy, the maid-of-all-work, has been turned into a hologram!
If you live locally, why not pop along on Sunday, March 9 or Monday, March 10 to see her. There’s free entry on both days for anyone with a CA13 postcode.
Whenever you visit, be sure to come out into the garden and say hello to me!
Cookery lesson: Costumed servant Ruth oversees Michael in the kitchen