Percy Bysshe Shelley after Amelia Curran, 1819
John Keats, a miniature in the Keats-Shelley House collection by Joseph Severn, 1918
The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association was formed in 1903 and three years later it successfully acquired the house. The primary purpose of the Association is to help maintain and support the museum in Rome, which receives no public funding. It also cares for the graves of Keats and Shelley in the non-Catholic Cemetery at Testaccio. Read Anthony Gardner's Blog about Keats' grave here.
KSMA endeavours to promote an awareness and enjoyment of Romantic poetry and scholarship, through the Keats-Shelley Review and the Keats-Shelley Prize. KSMA participates in literary festivals, poetry meetings and ad hoc events.
In Rome the museum offers outreach programmes, lectures and events, and organises a poetry competition for school students. Visit Keats-Shelley House.
Officers of the Association
Chairman: Harriet Cullen
Hon. Treasurer: Charles Cary-Elwes
Hon. Secretary and Company Secretary: David Leigh-Hunt
KSMA Registered Office
11 Staple Inn,
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Friends Secretary: James Kidd
Curator, Dr Giuseppe Albano
A Message from the Curator of the Keats-Shelley House
The Keats-Shelley House in Rome officially opened as a museum in 1909 and, more than a century later, continues to attract visitors from all over the world. Many who come are already well-acquainted with the work of Keats and his fellow Romantics. Others are simply spurred by their curiosity about this handsome historic house in the heart of this splendid city. Whatever their reason for coming, all, I’m delighted to say, will discover something wonderful, be it our fine collection of paintings and portraits, busts and miniatures, relics and first editions, manuscripts and letters, or our extensive library which has proved invaluable to many scholars and writers over the years.
We are working hard to improve our visitors’ overall experience and to secure the building’s future. As part of this process, we have recently restored the house’s exterior and spacious terrace, which now host special events and provide an excellent place for visitors to relax in. There is also an ongoing need to revitalise the interior of the building and its exquisite collections, and we are presently making improvements to our showcases and conditions throughout the museum in order to host more temporary exhibitions and to play a stronger part on the national and international museum scene. All of this requires funds, but as a British museum abroad we receive no public funding from the UK. We therefore rely on the generosity of donors and on revenue from visitors, most notably from our beautiful gift shop which opened in 2010 and which was made possible, alongside vital restorative projects, by our enormously successful Centenary Appeal. However, we must never rely on our laurels, and in order to safeguard the museum’s longevity and prosperity, we always warmly welcome donations, which, however, large or small, will see that future generations continue to enjoy and to learn from it.
The Keats-Shelley House is a truly special place. But we need your help to ensure that it survives and thrives for many, many more years to come.
KSMA is separate from The Keats Foundation which was set up in 2010 to support Keats House Hampstead, where the poet lived before leaving for Rome in 1820. The two houses in which Keats spent his final years enjoy strong links.