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Ightham Mote invites you to experience the magic of the Lost Words with spellbinding original paintings and poems to keep children in touch with nature in all its glory.  

Join in with The Lost Words fun this Spring at Ightham Mote, as we showcase the natural world inside and outside the house with over 50 captivating original paintings and spells on display. Little ones can help discover the Lost Words by finding five animals from the Lost Words hidden around the garden, while spotting animals from these wonderful paintings in their natural habitats. 

The Last Words is a unique collaborative project by renowned writer Robert Macfarlane's (author of The Old Ways and Landmarks) and artist Jackie Morris' (The White Fox, Tell Me a Dragon), in response to the belief that nature is in retreat from our children's stories and imaginations. A survey of British primary school children found 8-11 year olds were substantially better ableto identify types of Pokemon character than species of common UK wildlife. 

The Lost Words is an exhibition with children's interests at its heart and will help promote your curriculum in art and creative writing, as well as celebrating the relationship between language and the living world, and nature's power to spark the imagination. 

As Jackie says: "I want the Lost Words to delight the mind and the eye and send children to sleep dreaming of wild things."

The Lost Words takes the form of both an exhibition and a best-selling book published by Hamish Hamilton. We are taking group bookings and would encourage you to book as soon as possible if interested. Please contact the Ightham Mote office via phone, 01732 810378, or email: if you are interested in organising a visit. Access to the Lost Words exhibition and trail are free with admission, for the most up to date admission prices, please visit our website. 

The Lost Words is organised by Compton Verney, with Hamish Hamilton and Penguin Books. 

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