Elaine Chalus (Bath Spa University) on Coping with Separation during the Napoleonic Wars – the Fremantle Papers, c.1800-14.

Chawton House Library Conversations: May Podcast

Welcome back to Chawton House Library Conversations. First launched on Sunday 8 March 2015 in celebration of International Women’s Day, our monthly podcast is a round up of news, events and highlights, helping you stay connected with Chawton House Library … Continue reading

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Register now for Women and Shakespeare Day, Saturday 23 July

Women and Shakespeare Day Conference Saturday 23 July 2016, 10am – 6pm   This one-day conference will bring together leading scholars to consider the relationship between women and Shakespeare from his own time to the present. The playwright is celebrated … Continue reading

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Happy 90th Birthday to Queen Elizabeth II !

Today, the 21st April 2016, we pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, as she celebrates her 90th birthday – many happy returns to her Majesty. This is a birthday Queen Elizabeth shares with Charlotte Brontë. The author was born 200 … Continue reading

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New Novel Online Added

Another work has been uploaded onto our website this morning as part of our Novels Online project: ‘The Tragical History of Miss Jane Arnold’ by Sarah Wilkinson. This chapbook is copied exactly as it appears in the original (the eponymous … Continue reading

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A History of Women’s Writing…

…By a Partial, prejudiced, & ignorant Historian* At the 2015 Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) AGM in Kentucky, our Founder and the Chair of our Board of Trustees, Dr Sandy Lerner, OBE, unveiled a timeline of women’s writing which she had … Continue reading

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Chawton House Library Conversations: April Podcast

First launched on Sunday 8th March 2015 in celebration of International Women’s Day, our monthly podcast is a round up of news, events and highlights, helping you stay connected with Chawton House Library wherever you are. Dr Gillian Dow, Executive … Continue reading

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April’s Woman Writer of the Month

Frances Burney (1752 –1840) Described as ‘the Mother of English Fiction’ by Virginia Woolf in 1918, Fanny Burney was acclaimed by Anna Letitia Barbauld a hundred years earlier: ‘Scarcely any name, if any, stands higher in the list of novel-writers … Continue reading

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March’s Fun Fact of the Month

A message in a bottle The Great Hall here at Chawton House Library dates from the phase of improvement started by John Knight in 1583; tree-ring analysis reveals that some of the panelling dates from this period and some from … Continue reading

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Launch of ‘Emma at 200’ exhibition

Executive Director Dr Gillian Dow’s welcome to Friends for the launch of our exhibition. Trustees, Patrons, Honoured Friends and members of our BlueStocking Circle, welcome to Chawton House Library for the launch of our exhibition ‘Emma at 200: from English … Continue reading

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Chawton House Library Conversations: March Podcast

Welcome back to Chawton House Library Conversations. First launched on Sunday 8 March 2015 in celebration of International Women’s Day, our monthly podcast is a round up of news, events and highlights, helping you stay connected with Chawton House Library … Continue reading