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Making the Museum: Celebrating Jane Austen’s House at 70!

Jane Austens House Museum, Winchester Road, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SD

Although Jane Austen died an anonymous author, her identity soon became well known and readers began to make the pilgrimage to Chawton, a few miles from historic Winchester, to see the modest house where she wrote, revised and had published all her major works, including Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion. By 1949 the house was secured as a permanent memorial to Jane's genius and today the Jane Austen’s House Museum is one of the most important literary sites in the world. 

Today, after seventy years as a public museum, Jane Austen’s House with its important collection of Austen related objects including letters, jewellery, first edition books and personal effects belonging to her and her family, remains the most precious Austen site in the world. 

Whether you are new to the museum or a regular visitor, this talk will transport you 'behind the scenes' as you listen to Museum Director, Dr Mary Guyatt, speak about the years of hard work and determination that have gone in to preserving such a unique place of 'pilgrimage' and to building its collection of Austen treasures. Mary will also describe the Museum's place in the world today, several recent projects and its exciting plans for the future.

Please note the talk is FREE but should you wish to visit the museum before or after then there is a charge.

●  Thursday 19 September: 1430-1530

Additional Information:
Max 35 people per tour/session. 1 hour - talk and Q&A Visitors are welcome to picnic in the garden, but please note that whilst the talk is FREE should you wish to visit the museum before or after then there is an admission charge. 

Jane Austen’s House Museum is based in the centre of the village of Chawton, opposite Cassandra’s Cup tearoom and The Greyfriar pub. Please note that our on-site disabled parking is by prior arrangement.

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