Chawton House Library, a registered charity, conserves a unique collection of women’s writing (1600-1830) within the Elizabethan manor house once owned by Jane Austen’s brother Edward. The village of Chawton is in the heart of the glorious Hampshire countryside – only ninety minutes drive from London and under an hour from Southampton.

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We have an internship opportunity, ideal for a postgraduate English literature, history, librarianship or museum studies student. The position will run from 9th June to 30th August 2016 (negotiable). The role will require the intern to help in the Library reading room and to assist the Duty Manager from Thursday through to Sunday. Monday to Wednesday will be free to allow the intern to follow independent study or other interests. Accommodation and training will be provided.

This internship will give all-round experience of working with a rare book library set within a house open to the public on a regular basis. Applicants should have an interest in early women’s writing, learning and heritage and be willing to become involved in all aspects of the Library and visitor opening under the direction of the Librarian and Learning and Visitor Manager.

Applicants should send their CV and a covering letter to:

Dr Darren Bevin, Librarian, Chawton House Library


Please note: the closing date for applications is Monday 28th March.

Please contact Darren Bevin, Librarian or Sarah Parry, Learning and Visitor Manager ( if you would like to informally discuss this opportunity.