The Duke of Gloucester visits Coleridge Cottage

On 30 April the Duke of Gloucester was on a tour of various agricultural charities and institutions in Somerset. He varied his duties with a visit to Coleridge Cottage.

He showed a particular interest in the display room, asking about the provenance of the Boulle inkstand that Coleridge was given at Highgate, and compared the different portraits of the poet on display. The National Trust volunteers were mostly in period costume, adding to the atmosphere.

Justin Shepherd, Chairman of the Friends of Coleridge, was present. The photograph shows him with the Duke of Gloucester.

The visit proved a great success, and is a tribute to the amount of detailed preparatory work carried out by National Trust staff, including curator Seamus Rogers and Visitor Services Manager Stephen Hayes.