Romantic Secrets

Nine Romantic objects which are not quite what they seem, with strange tales to tell. A famous destination for the Romantic tourist, but was a young woman really buried there? A seventeenth-century painting needs to be turned over to discover its most exciting meaning. A love-token containing Byron’s hair – but who did he give this to? A box that became a portable museum, filled with objects gathered to remember a famous lover. An expensive trinket gifted by the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin to the Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz, but when, and why? A description of climbing Scafell Pike, but who were the mountaineers? A painting of a famous house, but it turns out that the house did not yet exist… A beautifully handwritten copy of an already published book. Who made it and why? Last, but not least, what was this one-word letter all about?