Welcome back to Chawton House Library Conversations: May Podcast. First launched on Sunday 8 March 2015 while celebrating 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 hear from Dr. Kim Simpson about our spring exhibition on Eliza Haywood. The exhibition gives a taste of Haywood’s versatility. For instance, Haywood debuted with writing seduction novels, and during her life also wrote political scandal novels, periodicals, and conduct books. The exhibition includes both contemporary and modern etiquette books, one of which is from 1913 titled Don’ts for Wives. One instruction is ‘don’t despise the domestic potato’! Listen to hear some of the advice Haywood gave in her own conduct books. The exhibition runs until the 4th June, all visitors are welcome to see it.

Our visiting fellows for April are all early researchers and discuss their work here at the library. First we hear from Ellen Ledoux, followed by Brianna Robertson-Kirkland (BSECS Fellowship) Leanne Cane and Catherine Han (Yablon Fellowship for Brontë Studies). They have all been on many walks over the Hampshire countryside, following in Jane Austen’s footsteps.

Speaking of which, on Sunday we had the first of our estate rambles, led over the grounds by Garden Manager Andrew Bentley. Listen to the podcast to hear visitor’s’ highlights of the beautiful estate walk, as well as unknown facts about the land from Andrew himself. The next estate ramble will be on Friday 2nd June at 8:30am. See our ‘what’s on tab’ to book your place and find out more

Look as you listen:

Our Eliza Haywood exhibition


Some examples of modern ‘conduct literature’


Our April Visiting Fellows


Garden manager Andrew Bentley on the estate ramble