Education and Outreach Services

Welcome to the Education and Outreach Services at Chawton House Library.

The Library is uniquely placed to offer educational visits to schools, colleges and universities because it provides a stimulating and accessible environment in which to engage with a variety of themes within a working, historic building.

We offer a formal programme of sessions and can also offer a bespoke service which gives teachers greater flexibility and opportunities to study specific areas in more detail.

To provide school visits on the theme of Jane Austen, we work in partnership with the Jane Austen House Museum which is also in Chawton.  In 2007 both sites were awarded the Sandford Award for Heritage Education in recognition of our work.  These visits give pupils an unparalleled opportunity to visit, on the same day, two contrasting historic sites which relate to Austen and her family.

Sessions are offered on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Aphra Behn’s The Rover at A and AS level.

The Chawton House Library Estate can be used in a variety of ways to enhance curriculum-based work.  Full details are in the  Teachers’ Pack for Chawton Estate.

How to book

It is important to us that educational groups gain as much as possible from their visits so all educational visits to Chawton House Library must be booked in advance.  This includes all requests for student filming and ensures we have an opportunity to discuss your requirements and are able to plan a suitable programme for your visit.

For Jane Austen themed visits for university students, mature students and all other school visits please contact:  Sarah Parry, Learning and Visitor Manager at Chawton House Library, by email,, or on 01420 595908.  Alternatively, please complete our online  educational visit enquiry form .

For Jane Austen themed visits for schools please contact:  Annalie Talent, Education Assistant at Jane Austen’s House Museum on 01420 83262


Charges for Educational Visits

There is a small charge per pupil for Austen themed school visits to Chawton House Library.  For bespoke visits the cost will depend on the individual requirements of groups.  School visits to the Estate are currently free of charge.  Please contact Sarah Parry for further information.


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Contact Information

Sarah Parry:  Learning and Visitor Manager, Chawton House Library or telephone 01420 595908


We look forward to welcoming your group to Chawton House Library!