Literally in Demand
The work has been funded by the Foundation for Sport and the Arts. More than 50,000 documents, works of art, and general memorabilia are held by the Wordsworth Trust. About 75,000 people visit Dove Cottage each year. Since it was founded in 1891, the trust has developed a museum, archive, store, library and shop.
Isn't Tolkien worth as much? The Lake District countryside which inspired Wordsworth must play a part in attracting visitors to Dove Cottage. Tolkien's Shire in Middle Earth was probably inspired by several places in England including Worcestshire, Warickshire, Lancashire and Dorset. Of these locations, surely Dorset is the area with the most visitor potential. I suggest that the Three Cups Hotel where Tolkien stayed and wrote and painted would be an excellent place for an international visitor centre.
If anyone out there knows how to bring this to the attention of the relevant fundng bodies to promote this idea, please do so as soon as possible and feel free to use the weblog as a resource.