See us through to the next chapter…
Support our vision towards sustaining Chawton House Library for future generations
Chawton House Library is currently at a pivotal moment in its 25-year history. Following the announcement by our Founding Patron, Dr Sandy Lerner OBE, that she was stepping down from the Board of Trustees last year – the Charity is currently undertaking a strategic review, with a clear focus on reshaping the organisation and creating resilience. Through her Charitable Foundation, Dr Lerner supported Chawton House Library with approximately 65% of its operating costs and, now that this relationship is coming to an end, we face both significant challenges, and exciting possibilities.
The overarching ambition is to create a cultural literary destination within the wider grounds of Chawton House – known to Jane Austen and her family as the ‘Great House’. This will offer larger and more extensive visitor facilities and improved interpretation. It will provide an enhanced experience of the Chawton estate that was Jane Austen’s home throughout the final, productive years of her life, and continue to promote the women writers who inspired her. In turn, the revenue from these increased commercial activities would continue to support the education and research programmes, with the aim of inspiring future generations of readers and writers.
To achieve these ambitions, the Charity is asking supporters to dig deep to keep our house and library going during a development phase, whilst progress is made on the planning and launch of a major capital project, Reimagining Jane Austen’s ‘Great House’.
You can personally make a huge difference. Every donation – large or small – will provide vital support, from turning on the lights each day, to preserving the Library’s extensive collections, house, gardens and wider estate – towards the future sustainability of this important historic and literary landmark.
Gift Aid your Donation at no extra cost to you
Chawton House Library is a registered charity, and Gift Aid is a great way to support us even further. For every £1 you give through your Friendship, we can claim 25p in addition from HM Revenue and Customs at no extra cost to you. Consent to Gift Aid and you will be giving the Library at least an extra £9 a year through your Friendship.
You can do this simply by ticking the Gift Aid declaration when you fill out the form to become a Friend or by telling us you wish to make a Gift Aid declaration over the phone.
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