Jane Austens House Museum, Winchester Road, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SD
Discover the stories behind some of hidden treasures at Jane Austen’s House Museum. See some of these items close up, find out what they can tell us about Jane's life & writing, & learn more about what we are doing to conserve her treasures.
Jane Austen’s House Museum is one of the most important literary sites in the world. Situated in the Hampshire village of Chawton, a few miles from historic Winchester, this was the home where Jane Austen revised or wrote all her major works, including Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion. The books she worked on at this house are now read world-wide, her stories have been adapted numerous times for film and TV, and in 2017, to mark the bicentenary of her death, she became the first woman to feature on the £10 banknote; Austen is now an important part of our literary heritage.
Jane Austen’s House Museum has a small, but important collection of Austen related objects including letters, jewellery, first edition books and personal effects belonging to her and her family. All these objects, including the fabric of the house itself, give us a unique insight into Austen’s life and writings and form a precious part of our national heritage. In this talk, discover some of the little-known stories from behind the scenes at the museum, see some hidden treasures close-up, and find out more about the challenges the museum faces in helping to preserve the site and its treasures for future generations.
Please note the talk is FREE but should you wish to visit the museum before or after then there is a charge. New this year at the museum are displays , a memorial and a story quilt.
● Thursday 13 September: 1430-1530
Booking opens: 2 August 2018 Booking closes: 12 September 2018
Please note that our on-site disabled parking is by prior arrangement.
Max 20 people per tour/session. 1 hour - talk and Q&A Visitors are welcome to picnic in the garden.
Jane Austen’s House Museum is based in the centre of the village of Chawton, opposite Cassandra’s Cup tearoom and The Greyfriar pub.