Friday 24th November 2023

Venue: Chawton House


In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries vast quantities of paper, ink and time went into creating and maintaining communities through letter-writing. The first novels were written in letters, capitalising on their ability to show us a character’s inner thoughts. Published collections of letters promised readers insight into the private worlds of the first celebrities. Manuals taught letter-writing as an art form, advising on the necessary equipment, handwriting, style and content to mark all occasions.  

Join Deputy Director Dr Kim Simpson for a Winter lunchtime library talk on the practical aspects of letter writing, and find out more about the manuscript letters in our collection and the fascinating stories they tell about women’s lives. 

Ticket cost: £17 (includes entry to the House and Gardens) | £5 for Annual Ticket & Neighbour Pass Holders