Did you know that in the heart of historic Rome there is an English museum dedicated
to the Romantic poets?
The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association takes care of it.
Our primary function is to maintain and develop the Keats-Shelley Memorial House
in Rome, the building in which Keats died in 1821. Situated at the foot of the Spanish
Steps, it is a tourist attraction for poetry lovers from all over the world.
The Association was formed in 1903, with the support of King Edward VII, King Vittorio
Emmanuele III and President 'Teddy' Roosevelt. The Museum was opened in 1909.
Apart from maintaining the Keats-Shelley Memorial House, the Association is responsible
for the upkeep of the graves of Keats and Shelley in the non-Catholic Cemetery at
In Italy we run a continuous programme of outreach to schools and other interested
groups as well as individual tourists. In England we also work to promote the awareness
of Romantic poetry.
We publish an annual Review of scholarship and new writing on the Romantics. We organize
and sponsor various literary awards, readings and other events, which are also supported
by the Friends of the Association.
The Keats-Shelley Memorial House at the foot of the Spanish Steps in Rome
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The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association is separate from the Keats Foundation, which
supports Keats House Hampstead, where Keats lived before he left for Rome in 1820.
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