August 2016

Welcome back to Chawton House Library Conversations. First launched on Sunday 8 March 2015 in celebration of International Women’s Day, our monthly podcast is a round up of news, events and highlights, helping you stay connected with Chawton House Library wherever you are.

This month, we’re outdoors at the official opening of our Herb Garden, a horticultural tribute to the 18th century writer Elizabeth Blackwell. Darren Bevin discusses Blackwell’s two-volume illustrated book ‘A Curious Herbal’ (1737-1739), which was used by Garden Manager Andrew Bentley as a guideline for planting in the new garden.  This magnificent book is held in our collection and is currently on display at the Library. We also speak to Hampshire’s Lord-Lieutenant Nigel Atkinson, who honoured our Founder and Chairmen Dr Sandy Lerner with an OBE in 2015, and returned to perform the initial opening of the Herb Garden.

Garden Manager Andrew Bentley discusses how he wanted to create a garden with links to the history of the house and its associations with women writers and we also speak to Neil from the local Pepperpot Nursery about the challenges that Andrew faced planting naturally Mediterranean herbs in our decidedly non-Mediterranean climate.   Longtime supporters of Chawton House Library, Angela Williams and Richard Roll speak to us about their experiences visiting the Library and seeing ‘A Curious Herbal’ with their own eyes.

Next month, we look forward to an exciting autumn of events and study at Chawton House Library.

Look as you listen:

The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire officially opens the Elizabeth Blackwell Herb Garden


Supporters of Chawton House Library gathered to celebrate the opening