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The Archers actor, Emma Grundy, to play Jane Austen

The Archers actor, Emma Grundy, to play Jane Austen in a recital-performance at Chawton House Library Emerald O’Hanrahan, the voice of Emma Grundy in The Archers, is to play the title role at Chawton House Library in Jane Austen at … Continue reading

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First horse fun ride at Chawton House Library

First horse fun ride at Chawton House Library to raise funds for estate’s heavy horses to preserve agricultural tradition Chawton House Library is hosting its first horse fun ride across six miles of normally restricted farmland on the Chawton estate … Continue reading


‘Keep a Woman on English Banknotes’

‘Keep a Woman on English Banknotes’ campaigner to support Hampshire event that explores the history and role of money in our lives Caroline Criado-Perez, who successfully fought to keep a woman on a Bank of England note, is to visit … Continue reading

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Book launch and garden tour at Chawton House Library to reveal how gardens inspired the nation’s best-loved authors

Chawton House Library, a leading study centre for early English women’s writing, is to host a talk and book signing event for Jackie Bennett’s latest book, The Writer’s Garden, which reveals how gardens inspired the nation’s best-loved authors, including Jane Austen. The … Continue reading

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Jane Austen Short Story Award 2014

We are pleased to announce the winner, runners-up and finalists of the 2014 short fiction award organised by Chawton House Library. The competition attracted entries from around the world and amongst the finalists are American, Australian and British writers. The … Continue reading

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New Executive Director For Leading Research Centre For Early English Women’s Writing – NEWS RELEASE 1st July 2014

Gillian Dow has been appointed the new Executive Director of Chawton House Library, the leading study centre for English women’s writing from 1600 to 1830. Dr Dow will be focusing on developing a fundraising strategy to ensure the charity’s long-term … Continue reading

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Chawton House Library appoints first artist-in-residence – NEWS RELEASE 11th June

An aspiring local artist has been appointed as Chawton House Library’s first ever artist-in-residence. George Rice-Smith from Alton will spend the next three months creating drawings and paintings inspired by the architecture and landscape of the house and grounds that … Continue reading

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Women’s writings from First World War to be celebrated at Chawton House Library – NEWS RELEASE 4th June

Poetry and prose by women in the First World War, recorded for the first time for an audio book, will be performed at Chawton House Library to commemorate women’s unsung wartime experiences. Actress Ruth Sillers will talk about and perform … Continue reading


CEO bids farewell to Chawton

After six and a half years at the helm, CEO Steve Lawrence is sadly leaving Chawton House Library. Read his blog here.

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Talk and Afternoon Tea, Wednesday 11th June 2014

Talk and Afternoon Tea, ‘War Girls’ with Ruth Sillers Ruth Sillers, who began her career with the National Youth Theatre and reads regularly for Radio 4 and the BBC world service, will be talking about and performing extracts from her … Continue reading