May 2024


The Blake Cottage Trust is delighted to announce that Bruce Dickinson has agreed to become the first patron of the charity. The Iron Maiden frontman has been a life-long devotee of the visionary, artist and poet, and has frequently referenced Blake’s works within his own creative output.

With the cottage in desperate need of repair and plans to build a centre celebrating the life and work of William Blake, Bruce will be at the vanguard of the fund-raising campaign and will soon be launching an auction of memorabilia from both Iron Maiden and his solo career, through the Iron Maiden Fanclub, including the William Blake gravestone as seen in the video for his latest single Rain on the Graves. Bruce also intends to play a fund-raising concert, details of which will be announced in due course.

Bruce said, “William Blake has given me so much over the years and I want to repay the debt by helping to restore the Cottage. Despite his impact on the world, there is no centre for Blake, nowhere people can visit to see the place where he actually lived and worked during a key part of his life. I want to change this.”

Doug Nicholls, Chair of The Blake Cottage Trust, said, “We are delighted to welcome Bruce as our Patron. Blake’s Cottage provides an important physical link to an artist and poet whose work helped shape Britain. With Bruce’s active support I am sure that we will be able to achieve our aim of restoring it for future generations.”

Details of Bruce Dickinson’s seventh solo album The Mandrake Project, and the associated worldwide tour can be found here: