Friday 8th March 2019

Venue: Chawton House

Jane Austen manuscript

To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, Chawton House will be celebrating the works of Jane Austen, and the women who inspired her. For one day only, we will be bringing out one of the most treasured items in the library collection. The ‘Charles Grandison’ manuscript, written in Austen’s hand, will be on display for visitors to view.

Free, with admission.


Curator Tours: ‘Jane Austen’s Reading’

We will be running two Curator-led tours of the 2019 exhibition: Jane Austen’s Reading.

The 2019 exhibition at Chawton House will focus on the books that Jane Austen had access to when visiting her brother Edward at Godmersham Park in Kent, many of which are now in Chawton House’s library collection.

A key feature of the exhibition will be an 1818 handwritten catalogue listing books housed at Godmersham Park. This document was used in the creation of a virtual library that went live in October 2018 (see

The virtual library will be available to consult and will sit alongside a display of relevant books including a first edition of the copy of Mary Brunton’s Self-Control, we know Jane Austen read, plus texts that are referred to in her novels such as Fordyce’s Sermons and the Baronetage.

10:30am & 2:30pm, 45mins duration

Tickets: £12 (includes admission to the House). Maximum 10 for each tour: booking recommended.

To book, call us on 01420 541010 or book online here (subject to Eventbrite booking fee).

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