The rooms are overwhelmed by what looks like Victorian bookshelves, which means that information is placed high up and is difficult to read. Not to mention that the info looks like it was typed out half a century ago. The bookshelves ruin any vestige of what the house looked like when Keats died there. It might be an extensive Keats library, but since the visitor cannot access the books, what is the point in keeping them there? Why not attempt to return the house to its early 19th century state?
I visited when there were private talks (fully booked) going on. I arrived at 2pm and was told I'd have to be out by 3. Fair enough, but I was pestered and followed around from 2.40 onwards, being told I'd have to leave in a few minutes. With all the interruptions, I didn't have time to complete the tour. Shoddy and amateurish. All in all, an unpleasant experience. It's a pity that the place isn't run more professionally, by people who have a clue about curatorship. Don't waste your money.
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