Poetry and Hampstead

17 January to 25 March 2018
  • First floor landing

Hampstead has been, for upwards of 200 years, a crucible of creative development and discourse. A home to the avant-garde, liberal-minded and intellectual, its original village status has morphed over the years to become a more urban space, yet still preserving within the lush open expanses of parkland and quiet streets a lingering memory of the past. This new exhibition, curated by work experience student Molly Garnett, examines the ways these two phenomena- the outside landscape and the interior workings of the poet have combined over the years to yield much of what has been celebrated in the English language in recent centuries. As one of Hampstead’s most famous literary residents, John Keats, wrote,

The poetry of the earth is never dead”.