Children’s Literature at Chawton House Library

Following the announcement of the Guardian children’s fiction prize yesterday, here’s a brief introduction to our extensive collection of children’s literature: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. These are just a few … Continue reading


Artist-in-Residence Interview: Angela Thames

We caught up with Angela Thames, our current Artist-in-Residence, to discuss her artwork, her inspirations, and her residency at Chawton House Library!   Tell us about your background and how you first became an artist: After leaving school I originally qualified … Continue reading

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Getting Set for the Jane Austen Society of North America AGM

We’re getting excited about the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) AGM in Kentucky this weekend!   Chawton House Library has a stall at the Emporium and will be selling books, umbrellas, notecards, jigsaw puzzles and much more, including … Continue reading

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The Trainee Gardener: Rebecca Lloyd

Since April this year I have had the invaluable opportunity to train for two days per week in the beautiful gardens of Chawton House Library through a placement organised through the Women’s Farm and Garden Association’s ‘Work and Retrain as … Continue reading

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Last Chance to Become a Subscriber to the ‘Duties of a Lady’s Maid’!

With the final date for subscriptions fast approaching on 7 August, this is your last chance to become a subscriber to ‘The Duties of a Lady’s Maid’!   ‘I have just been thinking of Betty’s sister, my dear. I should … Continue reading

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Small Fluffy Pests and the First Roses of Summer: Garden Blog

The glorious gardens here at Chawton House Library are bursting into bloom just in time for Chawton Open Gardens this weekend! Our Head Gardener Alan Bird has written a blog about the delicious scents and beautiful sights you can experience … Continue reading

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The Stunning Sights and Smells of the CHL Gardens this May

With the gardens here at Chawton House Library bursting back into life, our Head Gardener Alan Bird has written a blog post about the wonderful sights and smells around the grounds this May: The garden is suddenly looking very green, … Continue reading


The Fascinating World of Birds at CHL

Only a few miles from Gilbert White’s Selborne, where bird watching is said to have been invented, two of our Visiting Fellows have been keeping a keen eye on the birds that sing, swoop, hop and nest around the estate. … Continue reading

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Archaeology Students Search for Secrets of CHL Estate: Final Post

The week of surveying by archaeology students here at Chawton House Library has come to a close. This is their final blog and summary written by Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Southampton, Timothy Sly. We are delighted that … Continue reading

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Archaeology Students Search for Secrets of CHL Estate: Day Four

All this week, students from the Archaeological Department of the University of Southampton have been putting the skills they have learnt into practice and surveying the historic estate here at Chawton House Library. The Jane Austen-inspired teams have worked tirelessly and enthusiastically, even … Continue reading