5 Minutes with Anna Szilagyi

Anna Szilagyi, Curatorial Trainee for the Wordsworth Trust Grasmere Vale from Dunmail Raise - Abraham's Series No. 705 - (Photo Abraham Photographic) 'Shepherds to Char-a-bancs' exhibition at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere Dove Cottage in the snow, Grasmere (photo Wordsworth Trust)

Introducing 5 minutes with… Anna Szilagyi..

Who is… A Curatorial Trainee for the Wordsworth Trust, in Grasmere.

Tell us more… I have been working with the Trust’s collection that holds 63,000 objects: manuscripts, drawings, maps and documents related to the Romantics and the Lake District. I was the Exhibitions Coordinator for the Winter exhibition ‘Shepherds to Char-a-bancs: Changing Life in Grasmere 1800-1900‘ which explores how the village changed economically and culturally during the 19th century.

Why is this special to you… As a trainee it has been an invaluable experience to see an exhibition making process all the way through from the planning stages to installing. The subject matter, looking at Grasmere where I have been living and working for the past 10 months has been incredible. I was working with the local History Group so I was able to learn about the village from locals through their incredible research and personal connections.

What can audiences expect… The exhibition focuses on the individuals’ lives from the 1800s, and through their stories we learn about how a primarily farming village transformed into a settlement booming with tourists. There are objects from the history group members’ collections as well as drawings, photographs and postcards from the Wordsworth Trust Collection. There are also activities for families and children related to the exhibits; everyone can find something exciting to explore.

If you could name only 3 unmissable cultural hot spots or events in the Lakes – what would they be…

  • A cultural hotspot has to be Dove Cottage: The Wordsworth Trust offers a wide variation of talks, poetry readings, family activities throughout the year
  • The Summer Theatre events in Brantwood
  • Words by the Water Festival of words and ideas at Theatre by the Lake
Inside Dove Cottage, Grasmere in the Lake District (photo The Wordsworth Trust)
Inside Dove Cottage, Grasmere in the Lake District (photo The Wordsworth Trust)

In a nutshell how would you describe the cultural offer in the Lakes… Varied! Everything you can find in a city in terms of culture: art, literature, festivals, food, you can get here all year around. There is always an event going on somewhere in the Lakes, which is great.

And after a cultural adventure in the Lakes, where would be your ideal place to eat or stay… Britannia Inn by Elterwater. Best shoulder of lamb I have ever had.

And we just have to ask.. if you could choose one view in the Lakes where would that be… What is great about the Lakes is that you can walk up the smallest hill and get an incredible view. I find the views from the Old Man of Coniston or Catbells just amazing.

Shepherds to Char-a-bancs: Changing Life in Grasmere 1800-1900 is on at The Wordsworth Trust until 28 February 2016

To enjoy this Lakes cultural event and much more, book your break in the Lake District here