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A Career in Book Conservation

Giorgia Genco is training to become a book conservator. She spent two weeks at Chawton House Library in May 2014 assisting the conservator, Caroline Bendix, with a survey of our rare books. Giorgia returns in February 2015 to help Caroline … Continue reading


Cause for Celebration at Chawton House Library!

  Happy Birthday Jane Austen! Today 239 years ago, the Reverend and Mrs. Austen welcomed their seventh child and second daughter into the world. We found a quote from the treasured author’s Juvenilia describing the birthday celebrations of a Mr. … Continue reading

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‘O you merry, merry Souls, Christmas is a coming’!

Heavily coloured by Victorian concepts, our modern understanding of Christmas bears strong resemblance to the celebrations captured in Dickens’ novels, most obviously in his parable novella, A Christmas Carol. The Dickensian Christmas is a season for merriment and family: with … Continue reading

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Georgian Ginger Cake: A Treacle-based Delight

Ginger Cake As featured in The Knight Family Cook Book and transcribed by     Dr Annie Gray   Gingerbread is a longstanding festive favourite. Early versions often just involved breadcrumbs, honey and spice, but by the Georgian period it … Continue reading

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Lifting the lid on a piano steeped in history

At Chawton House Library sits a rather special piano, on loan from the University of Southampton, our concert series partner. We caught up with the university’s Head of Keyboard Studies, Professor David Owen Norris, to find out more about the ‘angel’ of musical instruments. Continue reading

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Celebrating Christmas at Chawton House Library the Georgian way

Dr Annie Gray, celebrated food historian and a regular on The Great British Bake Off, will be giving talks at Chawton House Library about the “knockout” dinners enjoyed by the Georgians at Christmas. Here Dr Annie Gray explains the allure … Continue reading

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Science and The Rights of Women

The turbulent life of Mary Wollstonecraft, mother of Mary Shelley, ended when she was only thirty-eight. The anger and zeal that fuelled her creative talents were destructive forces in her personal life. Her writing challenged the accepted conventions of the … Continue reading

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Terror, Tyranny and Mysterious Manuscripts

  A Study Day on Ann Radcliffe at Chawton House Library with Professor Emma Clery and Dr Angela Wright Saturday 8th November, 2 pm to 5 pm     “Fate sits on these dark battlements, and frowns; And as the … Continue reading

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

Jane Austen at Home: a performance that “sparkles with charm and delight”

In the unique setting of Chawton House Library, award-winning actor Emerald O’Hanrahan will take to the stage in a costumed recital-performance that celebrates the variety and wit of Jane Austen’s writings. Jane Austen at Home captures Austen’s intelligence and warm-heartedness … Continue reading


Austen Among the Economists – by Femina Economica

Economists are in trouble. They failed to predict the 2008 Financial Crash. In the aftermath of the crisis, they stand accused not only of failing to explain it, but of failing in their duty to educate the public about the … Continue reading