‘My hopes are with the Dead, anon
My place with them will be, […]
Yet leaving here a name, I trust,
That will not perish in the dust.’
So wrote Robert Southey in his 1818 poem ‘My Days among the Dead are Past’. Devastatingly (and somewhat ironically), Southey’s posthumous legacy is sorely eclipsed by the celebrity of his fellow Lake Poets, Wordsworth and Coleridge, and he’s only vaguely remembered today. But who was he really, and why has history been so unkind to him? Join Assistant Curator (Collections) Poppy Garrett for an exploration into the life of a man who believed that a home wasn’t a home without a great many children and kittens; who penned the first version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and who (controversially!) discouraged Charlotte Brontë from pursuing a career in literature.
Cost: £7 (including tea & toast)Contact us to book