Saturday 11th July 2020

Venue: Online

A free online day of celebration hosted by Chawton House celebrating the Jane Austen Society’s 80th birthday, its legacy, and of course, the great author herself.

2-5.30pm BST

Before we begin at 2pm, we invite you to revisit two of the most popular Austen-related talks given at the Chawton House Lockdown Festival:

  • Professor Jennie Batchelor, ‘Jane Austen and Embroidery’ (25 mins)
  • Professor Janine Barchas (President of the North American Friends of Chawton House), ‘Jane Lost in Translation, a lockdown talk about reading Austen on location’ *revised (25 mins)



2.00 pm

Introduction: Richard Jenkyns (Jane Austen Society)

Reports from Chawton: Katie Childs (Executive Director, Chawton House), Lizzie Dunford (Director, Jane Austen’s House)

2:30 pm

A virtual tour of Chawton House


Professor Emma Clery, ‘The Jane Austen Society, founded 1940: From Grate to Greatness’

3:30 pm

Dr Helen Cole, ‘Jane Austen in the attic: rediscovering the illustrated novels’

4.00 pm

‘Our Chawton home’: A Conversation

  • Janine Barchas (North American Friends of Chawton House)
  • Jennie Batchelor (Patron of the Jane Austen Society, Kent Branch)
  • Susannah Fullerton (President of the Jane Austen Society of Australia)

4:30 pm

‘Loving Jane Austen Around the World’

Don’t miss the climax of our event inspired by Jane’s principle, ‘One cannot have too large a party.’ Heartfelt thanks to our special guests, in global fellowship.


The videos will be available to view on our YouTube channel.

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