A Poetic Journey – The Life & Writings of John Clare

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Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of the poet John Clare, with this unique and extraordinary exhibition at Peterborough Museum.

Offering a once-in-a-generation chance to see incredibly rare, fragile and beautiful manuscripts written by John Clare, discover the largest collection of the poet’s works shown in one place since 1893.

Explore the fascinating story of how an ill-educated peasant from Helpston, on the outskirts of Peterborough, could go to become one of the most celebrated literary figures of the early 19th century.

See original literary manuscripts that demonstrate his literary versatility and also his descent in madness that led to him being confined in Northampton Lunatic Asylum for the later period of his life. This exhibition has been developed in collaboration with the Centre for John Clare Studies at the University of Cambridge.

  • Explore the story of John Clare’s life
  • Discover original manuscripts
  • Find out how about changing times in the 19th century
  • See John Clare’s very last poem ‘Birds’ Nests’
  • Study the legacy of the ‘peasant poet’

Don’t miss our very special event to launch the exhibition on 10 May.

Entry is free, except on special event days, and there’s no need to book – just drop in. For more information, please call Peterborough Museum on 01733 864 663.



Past Event

A Poetic Journey – The Life & Writings of John Clare

Sat 10 May 2014

10:00AM See details

Ends: Sun 22 June

Peterborough Museum

PE14 1LF


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