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Upcoming exhibition: Emma at 200

Many of our supporters will know that this year is the bicentenary of the publication of Jane Austen’s novel Emma. It was published by John Murray II on 23 December 1815, with 1816 on the title page. In March we will be … Continue reading

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January’s Fun Fact of the Month

The intrepid travel writer, Maria Graham (née Dundas and later known as Maria, Lady Callcott, 1785-1842), experienced a major earthquake in Chile in 1822. Graham, who had a keen interest in geology, wrote a letter with detailed observations of the … Continue reading


Chawton House Library Conversations: January 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


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

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