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Keats House Reopened

PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:17 am
by Malia
Hi everyone,
Here is an article about the reopening of Keats House I thought you all might like to see :) I plan on making a pilgrimage this Autumn and my mouth is virtually watering to see the changes they've made through the restoration.

http://globespotters.blogs.nytimes.com/ ... -a-shrine/

Re: Keats House Reopened

PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:34 am
by BrokenLyre
Malia, Malia, Malia....Oh my .... I saw the link on Keats House in your post and don't know what to say. I am so glad you are going - and now I actually know someone who is going! You will have a great time. I saw the link that displays some of Fanny Brawne's stuff. I'm sure I would just cry looking at it. And my wife would have to pull me away from the place after hours of being there. She said she'd like to see it too - but also said she could stay there for "about an hour." You'd have to pry me from the place!

Thank you so much for sharing your plans with us. I truly, sincerely, look forward to hearing from you afterward. Now I am going to look at that link again, in the vain hope that I might divine some sense of Keats through looking at the images! :)

Re: Keats House Reopened

PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 4:11 am
by Malia
Broken Lyre, you and I would make quite a pair touring Keats house while our respective friends and family found something *else* to do for four hours! LOL When I visited the house 13 years ago, I absolutely lingered. I stayed as long as I possibly could--drinking everything in. I suppose I hung around for about 3 hours before I felt sated ;)

Anyway! I have even more to whet your palate. I just found an article about the reopening that contains *indoor pictures* of some of the rooms!! They look so different from when I was there. Much better, actually. The place was falling apart when I toured it in 95. Truly a "shadow of a magnitude" at that point. But no longer!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/ju ... me-reopens

Re: Keats House Reopened

PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:20 am
by BrokenLyre
Absolutely Malia! And I wouldn't have to explain myself!! You spent 3 hours 13 years ago. I can easily understand it. Don't even think of explaining it :) What else would I do?

Yeah I know there is much to see (I was in London in 2001 I think)....but I couldn't get to see Hampstead. Just no time and I didn't know about the museum, and I was with a group of people, and I had not slept in 32 hours etc.... And I STILL regret that SO MUCH!!!

Thanks for the link Malia - I saw the pics on the artifacts. Others in this forum should see them too. Just awesome. Don't know what to say. I will copy the pics for my computer. Thanks for the information.

God knows how much I want to return to England.

Re: Keats House Reopened

PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:31 am
by Saturn
Not to make you even more jealous BrokenLyre but I should be in London sometime in September and will definitely be going to see Keats House, come hell, high water, hurricane, tsunami, thermonuclear war...okay maybe not that last one :mrgreen:

I''m very much looking forward to it. I hope you are allowed to take pictures Malia; I think I'd probably map every square inch if it were allowed :lol:

Re: Keats House Reopened

PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 2:17 am
by BrokenLyre
Saturn wrote:Not to make you even more jealous BrokenLyre but I should be in London sometime in September and will definitely be going to see Keats House, come hell, high water, hurricane, tsunami, thermonuclear war...okay maybe not that last one :mrgreen:

I''m very much looking forward to it. I hope you are allowed to take pictures Malia; I think I'd probably map every square inch if it were allowed :lol:


Alright, that's it! I have seen and read enough! I am going to do it! I'm finally going to do it!!


I am going to have my wife and kids read Malia's and Saturn's post and SHOW them that I'm not crazy!"Thermonuclear war"- now that's funny. :lol:

- Ok just having some fun here ranting and raving.....and happy for you to go to Keats House. I wouldn't be happy if you could not go just because I can't. So jealousy aside, I look forward to hearing from you both. God willing, I will go someday too. The American dollar better start rising against the British pound :)

You guys are GREAT! Thanks for including me in your "Keats world" and giving me a safe haven to experience a certain pleasure that I can find no where else. Your delight in Keats has a way of magnifying mine. Often when I read your posts, I feel like they are like my thoughts but "repeated in a finer tone," and therefore like a piece of heaven.

Re: Keats House Reopened

PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:16 am
by Malia
Here is a video done by the BBC to announce the reopening of Keats House--complete with a peek inside a few of the rooms!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/engl ... 162977.stm

Re: Keats House Reopened

PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:23 pm
by BrokenLyre
Thank you Malia - what a link! How did you find this? Just great - especially since I am not going anytime soon.

Re: Keats House Reopened

PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:02 pm
by Malia
Hi BrokenLyre,
I found the link to the Keats House video by googling "Keats House Reopening" and searching down the list of articles. I may have had to click through a few inside links to find it; I think I found it as a secondary link within an article from the Daily Telegraph. Funny thing is this video comes from bbc.co.uk--a site I visit religiously every day. And I never saw the video until I did my google search!

Re: Keats House Reopened

PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:10 am
by BrokenLyre
Great Malia. I will keep my eye on things.

Re: Keats House Reopened

PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 3:11 am
by Malia
Another article about the reopening of Keats House. This one is *excellent*--I highly recommend taking a few moments to read it :)

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... 21044.html

Re: Keats House Reopened

PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 3:24 pm
by Malia
Keats House in London has a new and *vastly* improved website! It now contains several pages of Keats-related artifacts that can be found in the House and which you can scroll over and look at close-up. Also there is a photo mini-tour of the house, itself. It sure has changed since I was last there. In '95, we weren't allowed to certain parts of the house--namely, the Brawne's upstairs bedrooms. I didn't understand why at the time, but I've recently read that part of the house was cordoned off because the floors were too unstable to support much weight. They've since been reinforced with steel.

Here is the Keats House website in case you are interested in taking a peek.

http://www.keatshouse.cityoflondon.gov.uk/

Re: Keats House Reopened

PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:25 pm
by Saturn
Thanks for the link Malia, nice new site there, makes me even more eager to finally see it.

Bit disappointed there's no weblink to this site on there :evil:

Re: Keats House Reopened

PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 10:10 pm
by BrokenLyre
Malia wrote "Here is the Keats House website in case you are interested in taking a peek."

http://www.keatshouse.cityoflondon.gov.uk/[/quote]

What an understatement - "in case you are interested" - too funny. You are such a dear, Malia. Thank you for the link. I looked all over for links but this one never popped up. Just looking at those pictures close up made my chest ache. Couldn't help it.
Thank you Malia.

Re: Keats House Reopened

PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 3:41 am
by Malia
Here's a nice pictorial tour of part of Keats House after the renovation.

http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/b1mIcoeQ ... LMZXO5EtT2