Chawton House Library is Ten Years Old!
Chawton House Library was set up as a library of early women’s writing, 1600-1830, in 2003, and our registered UK charity is also a historic house and garden run along organic, eighteenth-century principles. We offer education on history, heritage and sustainable agriculture. Through a programme of events, lectures, open days, group and school visits, and performances, we aim to provide education on history and heritage, for all, focussed around the history of the eighteenth century and our women writers.
We also have strong links to Jane Austen, since Chawton House was at one time owned by her brother Edward. 2013 is of course also the anniversary of the publication of her novel, Pride and Prejudice, centring around our village of Chawton and garnering international publicity.
2013 will therefore be an exciting year for us – not least because we will also be celebrating our ten year anniversary as a charity. Our usual events programme will be even busier, as we will be seeking to launch a period of sustained growth and celebrate our achievements in the restoration of the house and estate and development of the education programmes. We attract c.10,000 visitors to the house each year but rely entirely on private funding.
Throughout 2013 we will be running celebratory events with both a ‘P&P’ and anniversary themes. Discover what’s on and what’s coming up.
We are also seeking anniversary sponsors to support our fundraising activities and give a head-start to our new decade’s work. You can also support our anniversary appeal and help contribute to our acquisitions appeal. (US donors can support us via the individual PayPal buttons on our site.)
We look forward to a new and exciting next decade – thank you for all your support so far!