Chawton House has gained two new staff members with the appointment of our first ever Curator and Collections Manager, Emma Yandle and Julia Weaver as our new Gardener.

Emma Yandle, Marion Makinson Curator & Collections Manager

Emma achieved a First Class degree in English Language & Literature from St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, specialising in the work of Virginia Woolf. After two years at the Foundling Museum, London, she relocated to Amsterdam where she undertook a Master’s in Museum Studies at the University of Amsterdam. In her subsequent time at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, she led an ambitious review of the travel literature and cartography collections, culminating in the exhibition ‘Maps & Marvels’, which opened in May 2019. Her other curatorial work includes ‘For the Welfare of my Children: Stories of a Jewish Mosaic in Syria’ at the Allard Pierson Museum, and ‘Rebel Girls: Illustrating Identity’, at the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam. 

Emma moving portraits as part of our 2020 rehang project

Julia Weaver, Gardener

After working for 25 years in the television and media industry including 10 years for BBC Information and Archives in London as an Operational and Resource Manager, Julia made the decision to follow her heart and become a gardener. Gardening always appealed to Julia and apart from the joy of working outside in the fresh air, it was the love of plants and being creative with planting which inspired her to change career.

Julia studied for the RHS Horticultural diploma part time while volunteering for the National Trust at Polesden Lacey near Dorking. To support her learning, she worked part time in a local plant nursery and set up a small garden business working around the Alton area. After a couple of years she was offered an intern position at Polesden Lacey, followed by a permanent position working in the formal gardens and more recently managing the cut flower garden.

Julia enjoyed a very happy 6 years with the National Trust, where she was able to learn much about garden maintenance, design and plants. However, Julia’s interest was piqued by the exciting opportunity to work at Chawton House and to realise the vision of its historic gardens. Over the coming year she looks forward to working with a dedicated team of staff and garden volunteers, and planning a beautiful and interesting garden for visitors to see and enjoy.

Julia in the Library Terrace