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Date updated: 10/17/2021

School workshops from Keats House

Throughout the Autumn term all our school workshops will be available as online sessions on any weekday. In addition, we will be offering a small number of indoor sessions at Keats House on Tuesdays or Wednesdays when the house is closed to other visitors. The charge is £2 per student, with a minimum charge of £30. Please contact Keats House if you would like to arrange a session.

Our risk assessment is available to inform your own risk assessment when visiting Keats House.

Key Stages 1-2

Ask the Doctor

A look at what medicine was like 200 years ago when Keats trained as a doctor, including a virtual tour of Keats House and a drama workshop.

Write a Poem: ‘The Naughty Boy,’ or ‘Cats and Other Creatures’

An introduction to one of Keats’s best-loved poems, leading to creative writing and drawing activities. Choose from: 'A Song About Myself' and 'To Mrs Reynolds’s Cat.'

Key Stages 3-5

Writing Workshop

Inspired by objects from the house or writings by Keats and other poets, write and share your own poetry.

The Poems of John Keats

Accessible introductions to some of Keats’s best-loved poems, including 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci,' 'Lamia,' the Odes and the sonnets.

In-depth workshops are also available for GCSE and A level students on 'Lamia,' 'The Eve of St Agnes' and 'Hyperion.'

Dual Site sessions for Key Stages 2-3

Getting Ahead in the Nineteenth Century – with London Metropolitan Archives

Two hundred years ago it could be harder than it is today for a young person to leave home and make his or her way in the world. Through an online workshop at London Metropolitan Archives, look at images, objects and records which graphically show what life could be like for a young person in the early 1800s. Then pay a virtual visit to Keats House to learn how the young John Keats survived early tragedy and a gruelling apprenticeship as a surgeon to achieve his life’s ambition.

The sessions include writing and craft activities and a filmed encounter with ‘John Keats’, recounting his story in his own words.

To book any of these sessions, or if you have any enquiries, please contact Keats House.

Young City Poets

A virtual workshop at Keats House looking at objects that had a particular relevance to John Keats’s life, as inspiration for students to write an ode of their own.

This session is offered in conjunction with the National Literacy Trust’s Young City Poets project, in which a published poet offers support to develop the students’ writing after an initial writing session at a cultural venue in the City. To find out more about the Young City Poets project, contact Francesca Bonafede.

School Visits Fund

The Culture Mile School Visits Fund may be able to support your school visit to Keats House. This fund provides grants of up to £600 towards the costs of facilitated sessions, admission, transport and/or teacher cover for eligible schools.