The Writer's Garden - book by Jackie Bennett

‘The Writer’s Garden’: Talk, Book Signing & Garden Tour

Talk, Book Signing and Garden Tour-Wednesday 3rd September  In the idyllic setting of Chawton House Library, Jackie Bennett will give an illustrated talk on her new book, The Writer’s Garden; How gardens inspired our best-loved authors.       This is an … Continue reading

Jane Austen at Home - a costumed recital-performance of extracts from the writings of Jane Austen

Jane Austen at Home – Saturday 4th October 2014

A costumed recital-performance of extracts from the writings of Jane Austen Chawton House Library hosts a charming and delightful performance that celebrates the variety and wit of Jane Austen’s writings. Comprised from fascinating extracts from her memoirs, letters, juvenilia, poetry … Continue reading

George Rice Smith, Chawton House Library's new artist-in-residence

George Rice Smith appointed first artist-in-residence

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

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

Jane Austen Short Story Award 2014

Short List Announced The selection of those who have made it through to the third stage of the competition – the ‘Shortlist’ – has been made. Congratulations to these entrants. The winner, runners-up and finalists will be announced on July 18 2014. Thank … Continue reading

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Evening Lecture – Friday 6th June 2014

Evening talk and book launch with Deirdre Le Faye, Friday 6th June 2014 ‘Jane loved the country, and her delight in natural scenery was such that she would sometimes say she thought it must form one of the joys of … Continue reading


New legacy giving circle established

On the 27th  April 1817 Jane Austen, at home in Chawton signed her last will and testament. In commemoration of this date, the 1817 Legacy Circle was established on 27th April 2014 in Chawton, as a way to thank those … Continue reading

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Evening Talk, Thursday 15th May 2014

‘ “He is a rogue of course, but a civil one”: John Murray, Byron and Jane Austen’.  Dr Christine Kenyon Jones (King’s College London) This lecture will compare and contrast the relationships of Lord Byron and Jane Austen with their … Continue reading

Vivian Montgomery, Southampton's visiting Fulbright Senior Scholar

Music at Chawton House Library

A Most Beloved Melody: British and American Piano Renderings of Favourite Songs, 1790-1850 Tuesday 13th May 2014  Southampton’s visiting Fulbright Senior Scholar, Dr. Vivian Montgomery, will offer a lively and eye-opening recital of long-hummed tunes reclaimed for piano as variations, … Continue reading