Edward Thomas

Edward Thomas is widely regarded as a major poet and his posthumous influence on English poetry has been considerable. He took much inspiration from the natural beauty of the South Downs countryside, especially around his home near Steep, Petersfield. His poetry was all written during the last few years of his life and his later pieces relate to his experiences after enlisting. This remarkable flowering of genius was cut short by his death in action during the First World War on 9 April 1917 at the Battle of Arras. 

Petersfield Museum now houses the Edward Thomas Study Centre, a research library with an extensive range of books collected by the late Tim Wilton-Steer by and about Edward Thomas, including rare early editions and books with references relating to him. 

The Study Centre is open to researchers by appointment. To find out more, please contact us

  • An excellent Edward Thomas exhibition. A joy to see original letters and early editions.