16 February 2021
This month marks 200 years since the death of one of England’s best-loved poets, John Keats. In honour of this, we turn our attention to the Keats House Museum in London. Keats lived here from late 1818 until 1820, during which time he experienced a great outpouring of creativity, producing many of his best-known works. The building is a beautiful Regency villa just on the edge of Hampstead Heath, and today is an oasis of calm, just as it would have been in Keats’ day.
12 February 2021
In the final instalment of our series exploring notable historic house museums from the past 400 years, we journey west to the Cornish coast and back in time to the early twentieth century. Nestled amidst the narrow hilly streets and slate-roofed, whitewashed houses of St Ives, an artist’s studio and garden sit quietly. Trewyn Studio once belonged to Dame Barbara Hepworth, one of the most important British artists of the past 100 years, and it is now a museum dedicated to her work.