Archive Spotlight: Robert Southey at Keswick Museum

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By Anna Mercer

A new post today for the ‘Archive Spotlight’ series. Many archives are of course closed in these strange and difficult times. We hope that this illustrated post will be one way of continuing to celebrate the archive – albeit remotely – in these circumstances, thereby reminding us of the treasures held in Romanticism collections. If you’d like to contribute future post, please get in touch.

The post below explores Keswick Museum‘s unique collections by and connected to Robert Southey (1774-1843).

About the authors: Dr Charlotte May is a Cultural Engagement Fellow at the University of Nottingham, and Nicola Lawson is the Curator for the Museum’s extensive collections.

View the other posts in the ‘Archive Spotlight’ series here.

Encountering Southey – Charlotte May

From February 2020 I have been working with Keswick Museum, Ian Packer and Lynda Pratt to deliver the AHRC-funded project ‘Robert Southey’s Keswick: Enhancing Understanding of the Literary Culture of the Northern Lake District’. The project aims to effect a step-change in Keswick Museum’s presentation of the significance of Southey and his circle to a range of stakeholders by developing new educational, training and other resources. It draws on The Collected Letters …read more