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Welcome to Chawton House Library, home to early women’s writing.

We foster research and understanding of early women writers, restoring them to their rightful place in the history of English literature and enabling them to speak directly to – and inspire – future generations.

The Library’s unique collection of women’s writing is accessible to anyone who wishes to use it. Many of the works in the collection were entirely neglected throughout the twentieth century – research carried out here is helping to put these books and their authors back on the intellectual map.

The House and Gardens are open to visitors, and the historic setting brings to life the context within which our women writers lived and worked.

We run a lively and varied events programme, including evening talks, music recitals and international conferences.

We offer a number of visiting fellowships to academic scholars and run an award-winning schools programme in partnership with the Jane Austen’s House Museum making full use of this historic house and fascinating library of women’s literature.

Books that are thought to only exist at Chawton House Library

Books that are thought to only exist at Chawton House Library