13 April 2011

New London Shh...Houses!

We are pleased to welcome two new houses to the London Shh...group; John Wesley's House located in the heart of the city and Keats House Museum in Hampstead.

John Wesley’s House, built in 1779 is a fine example of a Georgian town house. John Wesley, a Christian theologian and founder of the Methodist movement, resided in this house for the last twelve winters of his life. The house today has retained many of Wesley’s belongings and furniture, including his study chair. The house is open to the public Monday – Saturday 10am-4pm, and on Sundays 12 noon-1.45pm. Admission is free but donations are gratefully received.

Keats House Museum, built in 1814 is dedicated to the life of the poet John Keats and also poetry in general. Keats lived in the house from 1818 to 1820. Whilst residing here he wrote 'Ode to a Nightingale', and fell in love with Fanny Brawne, the girl next door. Keats House Museum works closely with local community groups, museums, artists and schools, and runs popular poetry groups. The house is open to the public in the summer from Easter to 31 October, Tuesday – Sunday 1-5pm, and in the winter from 31 October to Easter, Friday – Sunday 1-5pm. Admission tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

Christian Dettlaff, Wesley’s Curator has summed up the importance of joining the London Shh…group; “We are very excited to join London Shh.. The association provides an excellent platform for similar small historic London houses to group together, share expertise and increase marketing opportunities. People don’t necessarily realise how many smaller historic properties are open to the public in London, and their associations with famous people and events. Indeed, some of their former celebrity occupants may have heard of and even known each other as many of them lived at the same time in London, for instance John Wesley and Samuel Johnson in the mid 18th century, who were close friends and visited each other at home. The houses are thus linked on many more levels than just location, purpose or style and visiting one, more or all of them provides an excellent opportunity to discover lesser-known London and step back in time!”

 

Details about upcoming events at these houses will be coming soon to the What’s on page.

 

05 April 2011

London Shh...houses featured on Simon Seeks

The travel guide and holiday review website 'Simon Seeks' selected many of the London Shh... houses including Dr Johnson's House and Freud Museum, in a feature about museums open to public which are dedicated to historical figures.

Read the full article on the Simon Seeks website here.