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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 12th June 2017 to Sunday 24th September 2017

Exhibition: Fickle Fortunes

Sunday 2nd July 2017

Estate Rambles

c.1740 painting of Chawton 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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Austen and de Stael
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23rd June 2017

The Unguide Project

The Unguide Project - Ryan Adams (Chawton House Library Internship 2017) During my tenure as an intern at Chawton House Library, I was requested to

17th June 2017

A Day at Chawton House Library — thoughts from our spring intern

Emma Brodey, our library intern for March and April of 2017, reflects on her time at Chawton House Library: A day at Chawton House Library

7th June 2017

The Independent Libraries Association's Annual Conference at CHL

At the beginning of June, Chawton House Library hosted a conference by the Independent Libraries Association. It was the 28th annual meeting but only the second