This year Chawton House Library, home to over 10,000 volumes and manuscripts, will open its doors to the public more than ever before.
The unique collection of early women’s writing from 1630 – 1800, is housed in the grand Elizabethan manor that once belonged to Jane Austen’s brother, Edward.
From the 24th of March through to the end of October, visitors will be able to explore the Library for themselves, Tuesday to Friday afternoons from 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm. These new opening hours will enable more people to discover the inspirational women writers who played an innovative role in the development of the novel and English literature.
The grounds, complete with a walled kitchen garden, wilderness and ha-ha will also be open, Tuesday to Friday, from 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm.
Anthony Hughes-Onslow, General Manager of Chawton House Library, said: “We are delighted to be transforming our opening hours to make it easier for people to come and see the extraordinary treasures in our Library collection as well as enjoy the beautiful historic house and grounds.”
The extended visiting hours mean that Chawton House Library is keen to welcome more volunteers to help manage the greater number of visitors.
Hughes-Onslow added: “We are on the look out for more friendly and dedicated volunteers to join our team and help us to promote early women’s writing to the widest possible audience”.
Entrance to the Library and gardens will cost £6 for adults and £3.50 for children aged between 6 and 16 years.