Friday 7th July 2017

Venue: Chawton House Library and Jane Austen's House Museum

10am – 6pm

Jane Austen in Chawton

A day of talks and tours, hosted by Chawton House Library and Jane Austen’s House Museum in association with Hampshire Cultural Trust.

The day’s programme will bring into Chawton village the curators and contributors to two international exhibitions being held in the Winchester Discovery Centre and the Weston Library, Oxford, to mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.  It will celebrate the publication of the joint exhibition book, Jane Austen: Novelist in the World (Bodleian Publications, 2017), by offering talks on aspects of Jane Austen’s Chawton life. There will also be an opportunity to take a curator’s tour of the ‘Fickle Fortunes: Jane Austen and Germaine de Staël 1817-2017’ exhibition at Chawton House Library and to look around Jane Austen’s House Museum.

Both Chawton House Library and Jane Austen’s House Museum will remain open until 6pm for ticket holders so that they might peruse the collection at their leisure before the concert.


Morning, Chawton House Library:

10-11.00 – Deidre Lynch and Kathryn Sutherland, ‘The style of her familiar correspondence was in all respects the same as that of her novels’, a comparative talk considering Jane Austen as letter and novel writer.

11.15-12.00 – Hilary Davidson, ‘Jane Austen’s Pelisse Coat: shopping for fabrics and making clothes’

12.00-12.45 – Jeanice Brooks, ‘Jane Austen’s Music Making’

Picnic lunch

Afternoon, Jane Austen’s House Museum and Chawton House Library:

1.30 – 2.15 – Sue Dell, ‘The Austen Family Quilt’

GROUP 1 – 2.45 – 3.45 – Mary Guyatt, ‘Wallpaper and Wedgwood: Objects in Jane Austen’s House Museum’

GROUP 2 – 2.45 – 3.45 – Gillian Dow, Curator’s Tour of ‘Fickle Fortunes: Jane Austen and Germaine de Staël, 1817-2017’

GROUP 2 – 4.15-5.15  Mary Guyatt, ‘Wallpaper and Wedgwood: Objects in Jane Austen’s House Museum’
GROUP 1 – 4.15-5.15 Gillian Dow,  Curator’s Tour of ‘Fickle Fortunes: Jane Austen and Germaine de Staël 1817-2017’


Gillian Dow, Mary Guyatt, Kathryn Sutherland, Louise West

In the evening, there will be a concert at Chawton House Library: Entertaining Miss Austen (David Owen-Norris and Amanda Pitt). For full details, click here.



Day only: £60; Students / Friends £45

Day + Concert Package: £75; Students / Friends £55

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