Welcome back to Chawton House Library Conversations: November 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.

Chawton House Library might be closed to the public for the winter season, but the collection is still open to any wishing to carry out research. This month we talk to a group of postgraduate students from the University of Southampton, who all have interests in the eighteenth century. They tell us about their current research, as well as the highlights of their course so far. A particularly enjoyable part of their visit to the library has been handling the books themselves, rather than simply using digital copies. Our Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Kim Simpson, who led the group along with Professor Emma Clery, tells us about the day her students had here at Chawton House Library.

Head of Fundraising, Jane Lillystone tells us more about the buy a brick campaign, to help keep Jane’s Great House open. The campaign has already captured the imagination of our supporters, with over £1000 raised already! To find out more about our #BrickbyBrick campaign, click here.

Our own Clio O’Sullivan, whose work here includes communications and social media, is giving a talk on 21 November at Southampton University on her PhD research. She tells us about her PhD and how both working and studying here has helped inspire her writing. In fact, the title of her thesis, ‘A Checkered Scene’ derives from a quotation she found whilst studying here.

Look as you listen:

Postdoctoral Fellow, Kim, with Emma Clery, and MA students from the University of Southampton


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Clio O’Sullivan giving a talk at the Southampton Jane Austen Festival back in September