Jane Austen’s Library. Nardin Academy, Buffalo, New York, 2017.

Our core talks focus on some of the most exciting areas of our collections, and can be tailored to speak to different educational levels and areas of the school curriculum. We also sometimes feature talks by early career guest scholars to share some of the most exciting research emerging from our collections. Talks are 45 minutes, with 15 minutes for Q&A if required. We can arrange to give talks on site at Chawton House as part of student visits, as well as providing them at your location (projector facilities required), or online.

Our current topics are:

Jane Austen’s Library 

Explores Jane Austen’s reading and literary influences. This talk can be adapted to cover different Austen novels.

The Polite Academy. Frensham Heights, Surrey, 2022.

Gothic Literature by Women

Provides a history of Women’s Gothic exploring the development of the genre through Frankenstein and Northanger Abbey to the Brontës.

The Polite Academy: An Introduction to the Regency Period

Outlines some of the key features and moments of the Regency period before focusing in on daily life and etiquette: deportment, visiting, attending balls, and forming engagements.

Love through the Ages  

Examines the way that love and the body were written about before Austen and the Brontës, exploring the emergence of ‘sensibility’ in the eighteenth century.

Curating an Exhibition 

Explains the processes involved in producing an exhibition at Chawton House. This talk will change according to the current exhibition.


Make an Enquiry

Offsite and online talks are available Monday-Friday all year round. Onsite talks at Chawton House are available to student groups on the same days as tours and workshops:

  • Monday-Friday during low season and Christmas season (January to Easter; November, December)
  • Mondays and Tuesdays only during high season (Easter – Halloween)

Talks are £100 (+ travel expenses if applicable). We are more likely to be able to accommodate larger groups for talks in November and January.

If you would like to book a talk, please email kim.simpson@chawtonhouse.org