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Recently Uploaded: Full List of Books in the Knight Collection

In addition to works written by women, Chawton House Library houses the Knight Collection, which is the private library belonging to the Knight family for over 400 years. The majority of the collection dates from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. … Continue reading

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Six new fellowships to study women’s writing

We are proud to announce that this year – in addition to our usual visiting fellowships – we are also offering six named fellowships supported by literary societies and individuals. The new fellowships will be officially launched at a celebratory event on … Continue reading

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New General Manager Appointed To Nurture Heritage

Anthony Hughes-Onslow has been appointed General Manager of Chawton House Library, the internationally respected research and learning centre for the study of early women’s writing from 1600 to 1830.   The post has been created to help the charity conserve … Continue reading


Antiques Road Trip Discovers the History of Women’s Writing

If you missed yesterday afternoon’s episode of Antiques Road Trip, you can catch it here on iplayer: About 8 minutes in, there is a section on Chawton House Library featuring our Executive Director, Dr Gillian Dow, talking about Jane … Continue reading

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Aspiring Local Artist Holds First Exhibition at Chawton House Library

George Rice-Smith, a local artist from Alton, holds his first exhibition after being appointed as Chawton House Library’s first ever artist-in-residence in June 2014.   George has produced many drawings and paintings inspired by the architecture and landscape of the … Continue reading


Chawton House Library featured on BBC’s Glorious Gardens from Above

Chawton House Library was featured on the BBC Glorious Gardens from Above, Hampshire episode. The programme offers spectacular views of the house and grounds from a birds-eye perspective. Viewers can see Jane Austen’s brother Edward’s walled kitchen garden, the serpentine … Continue reading

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Food historian Dr Annie Gray to reveal culinary art of Georgian-style Christmas

Food historian and The Great British Bake Off regular, Dr Annie Gray, will be giving talks on how to cook a Christmas dinner the Georgian way at Chawton House Library, a leading study centre in Hampshire for early English women’s … Continue reading

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Chawton House Library Visiting Fellowships for 2015-2016

We are revamping our visiting fellowship scheme to include specialist fellowships for the next academic year. Full details will be announced in the coming months, but in the meantime, we are proud to announce that we are working in conjunction … Continue reading


BBC South Today Film at Chawton House Library

On Friday 7th November, BBC South Today came to Chawton House Library to film a feature on the launch of an urgent book conservation appeal. Alongside staff, two current visiting fellows from Romania and California took part in the video, … Continue reading


Chawton House Library to take part in Celebration of Gothic Literature

Gothic is in the air this autumn with the opportunity to experience its dark imagination through the Terror and Wonder exhibition now showing at the British Library and a series of programmes coming soon to BBC Two and BBC Four. … Continue reading