School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Keats-Shelley House

Keats Shelley House, Rome

The School is proud to name Keats Shelley House, Rome, as one of its international partners. The museum is one of the most iconic sites in the world associated with the second generation of English Romantic Poets: John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron.

In March 2014 we welcomed its curator Dr Giuseppe Albano to Newcastle. He delivered a fascinating talk outlining the history of the house, its current activities and its plans for the future. He also met our students and staff.

Below, Jon Quayle, one of our current PhD students, describes his two-week placement at Keats Shelley House. Further placements involving postgraduates with Romantic-period interests are in prospect.

Projects of mutual benefit to Keats-Shelley House and the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts are also envisaged.


Jon Quayle, PhD in English Literature student, spent a short time working at Keats-Shelley House. He shares his experience here:

"In an office just above the room in which John Keats died, and overlooking the Spanish Steps, I spent two weeks working with and exploring the fascinating holdings at the Keats-Shelley House.

"The placement was made possible by a generous postgraduate bursary from SELLL. It provided me with invaluable experience in writing for a general audience.

"The reports I prepared as part of the museum's new public engagement project are aimed at highlighting some of their most treasured manuscripts and objects to the general public.

"They are now published monthly on their website and form the basis for weekly public talks delivered by the museum's curator.

"To work so closely with rare manuscripts, as well as witness first-hand the inner workings of a truly unique museum, was a genuinely enriching experience for both my research and my professional development."