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Aggregated blogs on Romantic Studies – please click through to read full posts.

Keats House and #Keats200

By annamercer90


I thought I’d write this blog as I reach the end of a 18-month period working at Keats House Museum in Hampstead. Last Friday, the Principal Curator (Rob Shakespeare) and I were interviewed by a film crew for a short educational piece. I ended up writing my answers down so I thought I’d repurpose them and create a post.

I spent a year in a full-time training position at the museum after I completed my PhD, and since October 2018 I worked part-time alongside teaching at Cardiff. In September 2019 I am thrilled to say I will start a fixed-term one year role as a Lecturer in English Literature (Romanticism) at Cardiff University. I will maintain connections with Keats House and the City of London, running some academic talks in the upcoming months. It’s been a wonderful place to work. Here’s a little piece about the House and why you should visit – especially now, as we mark 200 years since John Keats lived in the building and composed some of his best loved poems under the banner of #Keats200!

What can a visitor find at Keats House?

Our visitors tell us that the House allows them to …read more


Introducing Project ERIN: Thomas Moore in Europe

By Matthew Sangster

ERIN documents two of Thomas Moore’s song series – the Irish Melodies (1808-1834) and National Airs (1818-1827) – as well as music inspired by his ‘oriental romance’ Lalla Rookh (1817). ERIN enables the user to track the production and dissemination of these works in Europe, from their respective dates of creation through to 1880. Any contributors to this process (composers, arrangers, editors, illustrators, engravers, publishers, etc.) are indexed or tagged as part of the project. All of ERIN’s resources are now available at This website unites the previously available blog and OMEKA resources (images) with some new features, including podcasts and a catalogue that unites the collections of eight European repositories. ERIN was co-produced by Dr Tríona O’Hanlon (Dublin) and Dr Sarah McCleave (Queen’s University Belfast) and was supported by the Horizon 2020 Framework of the European Union and Queen’s University Belfast.

To complement ERIN’s launch, the exhibition, ‘Discovering Thomas Moore: Ireland in nineteenth-century Europe’ is on display at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin from 17 June to 23 December 2019. ‘Discovering Thomas Moore’ is curated by Dr Sarah McCleave (Queen’s University Belfast). For further information about this exhibition and a series of complementary lectures on Thomas Moore, …read more


Free Event: 200th Anniversary of Peterloo at Keats House

By Anna Mercer

Afternoon Poems Special: 200th Anniversary of Peterloo

16 August 2019, 2-4pm

Keats House, Hampstead

‘Massacre at St. Peter’s or “Britons strike home”!!!’ by George Cruikshank (British Museum)

Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for a reading of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem The Mask of Anarchy. This revolutionary work was written in response to the Peterloo massacre which occurred in St Peter’s Fields, Manchester, on 16 August 1819.

Professor Ian Haywood – of the University of Roehampton and President of BARS – will also be present to discuss Peterloo itself and then the poem’s historic context.

Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number –
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you –
Ye are many – they are few.

Free – book your space here.

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BARS 2020 ECR & PGR Conference: Volunteer Helpers

By Matthew Sangster

The BARS Postgraduate Representatives, Amanda Blake Davis and Colette Davies, invite current postgraduate students with postgraduate status until Summer 2020 to assist with the running of the BARS 2020 ECR and PGR Conference. The conference will be held at Keats House, Hampstead, from 12th-13th June 2020. We are looking for four volunteers to assist with the preparations, set up and stewarding of the conference. An overview of the responsibilities is as follows:

  • Help with preparations beforehand: assembling conference bags, programmes, etc.
  • Help set up the conference: lifting and moving chairs and tables, preparing and replenishing hot and chilled beverages, etc.
  • Steward on the days of conference: assist delegates where needed, such as setting up PowerPoint presentations, etc.

We expect conference volunteers to be available to help on Thursday 11th June to set up. In return, the selected volunteers will be offered a subsidised conference registration fee. Please note that the conference fee does not include accommodation.

Please send expressions of interest, including relevant experience, in no more than 400 words to both of these email addresses: and Please also state what year of your PhD you are in and your affiliated …read more