KESWICK Museum, the University of Nottingham, and the University of Lincoln have launched ‘Robert Southey’s Keswick: Enhancing Understanding of the Literary Culture of the Northern Lake District’.

The project aims to develop people’s knowledge both of the controversial Poet Laureate Robert Southey’s life and writings, and of his significance for twenty-first century understanding and enjoyment of the cultural heritage of Keswick and its environs.

Dr Charlotte May will work with Keswick Museum to publicise their unique collection of original letters and manuscripts written by Southey, his family, and his friends.

The project will support volunteer training at the Museum following the opening of its new Southey Exhibition and produce a guidebook to support this exhibition.

A new Southey walking tour will also be created to encourage adults and children to explore the town’s rich history.