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‘I went up to the Great House between 3 & 4, & dawdled away an hour very comfortably.’ Jane Austen, 1814
Walk in Jane Austen’s footsteps as you visit the ‘Great House’ owned by her brother Edward where she spent much of her time here. Find out more
‘We four sweet Brothers & Sisters dine today at the Great House. Is not that quite natural?’ Jane Austen, 1815
See the table where Jane Austen dined with her family, and view her brother’s suit, travel journal and portrait. Plan your visit
‘Edward is very well and enjoys himself as well as any Hampshire born Austen can desire. – He talks of making a new Garden…’ Jane Austen, 1815
Our gardens include eighteenth-century features such as the Walled Kitchen Garden built by Edward Austen. Plan your visit
From children’s workshops and estate rambles, to exhibitions and evening talks, there is something for everyone in our events programme. Find out more
Enjoy tea and cake in our Old Kitchen tearoom and soak up the atmosphere of what was once the hub of the servants’ wing. Plan your visit
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Monday 20th March 2017 to Sunday 4th June 2017

Exhibition: The 'Incomparable' Eliza Haywood

Sunday 7th May 2017

Estate Rambles

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Austen and de Stael
We are raising funds to bring Jane Austen and Germaine de Staël together for the first time in 200 years.

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Our round up of this month’s news, events and highlights at Chawton House Library.

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18th April 2017

A rare find at Chawton House Library

BSECS Visiting Fellow, Dr Brianna Robertson-Kirkland, tells us about an exciting new find: instructions to an 1801 Music Game by Anne Gunn (née Young) Anne

4th April 2017

Woman writer of the month: Elizabeth Blackwell

Our second woman writer of the month is Elizabeth Blackwell, whose influential and beautifully illustrated A Curious Herbal is in the Chawton House Library collection.

1st April 2017

Happy April Fool's Day: Regency Rascals and Rogues

Happy April Fools Day! April Fools Day is by no means a new invention. The day, in fact, has a long tradition including some truly