Welcome to the Education and Outreach Services at Chawton House Library.
The Library is uniquely placed to offer educational visits to schools, colleges and universities because it provides a stimulating and accessible environment in which to engage with a variety of themes within a working, historic building.
We offer a formal programme of sessions and can also offer a bespoke service which gives teachers greater flexibility and opportunities to study specific areas in more detail.
To provide school visits on the theme of Jane Austen, we work in partnership with the Jane Austen House Museum which is also in Chawton. In 2007 both sites were awarded the Sandford Award for Heritage Education in recognition of our work. These visits give pupils an unparalleled opportunity to visit, on the same day, two contrasting historic sites which relate to Austen and her family.
The Chawton House Library Estate can be used in a variety of ways to enhance curriculum-based work. Full details are in the Teachers’ Pack for Chawton Estate [PDF, 2MB].
How to book
It is important to us that educational groups gain as much as possible from their visits so all educational visits to Chawton House Library must be booked in advance. This includes all requests for student filming and ensures we have an opportunity to discuss your requirements and are able to plan a suitable programme for your visit.
For Jane Austen themed visits for university students, mature students and all other school visits please contact our Learning and Visitor Manager, or phone 01420 595908.
For Jane Austen themed visits for schools please contact: Annalie Talent, Education Assistant at Jane Austen’s House Museum on 01420 83262.
Charges for Educational Visits
There is a small charge per pupil for Austen themed school visits to Chawton House Library. For bespoke visits the cost will depend on the individual requirements of groups. School visits to the Estate are currently free of charge. Please contact our Learning and Visitor Manager for further information.
We look forward to welcoming your group to Chawton House Library!