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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
Jane Austen's Great House
We are launching Reimagining Jane Austen’s ‘Great House’, an appeal to secure the future of this important historic and literary landmark.
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14th November 2017

Oscar winner and Hollywood star Emma Thompson backs our campaign

Emma Thompson (Photo Credit: Nick Haddow) A welcome boost as we launch our new #BrickbyBrick campaign Emma Thompson, who wrote the screenplay and starred in

13th November 2017

Germaine de Stael and Jane Austen Bicentenary Exhibition

For those of you who didn’t catch our Fickle Fortunes exhibition this summer, you may be interested to see this display at the Taylorian Library

1st November 2017

Sophie McGrath - our last intern for 2017

My time spent at Chawton House as a Library intern was so enjoyable. I came to the library fresh out of an MA in Museum