Our final library intern for 2016

Kate Shaw was the September intern at Chawton House Library and here she discusses her time working on one of our manuscripts. ‘During my internship at Chawton House Library I have been involved with many different activities, but one of … Continue reading

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Study Day 5 November – Experiencing the Transatlantic Garden

An afternoon of talks on representing and experiencing the garden in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world. This event is organized by the Southampton Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies in conjunction with the Sydney Intellectual History Network. It is free to attend, but please … Continue reading


National Poetry Day! Celebrating Charlotte Smith (1749-1806)

Today is National Poetry Day. We remember Charlotte Turner Smith (1749-1806), poet and novelist: ‘the first poet in England whom in retrospect we would call Romantic’ as the editor of her verse, Stuart Curran, writes. Next week, scholars of Smith … Continue reading

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New ‘Nineteenth-Century Matters’ Fellow, Dr Catherine Han

We at Chawton House Library and at the University of Southampton are proud to be working with the British Association for Romantic Studies and the British Association for Victorian Studies on Nineteenth-Century Matters, a fellowship aimed at postdoctoral researchers who have completed their … Continue reading


August Internship at Chawton House Library

“Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands.” – Persuasion, 1818. The store room Our August intern Alice Millard … Continue reading

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Reputations, Legacies, Futures: Austen, Staël & contemporaries, 1817-2017

July 13th-15th, 2017 Keynote Speakers: Benjamin Colbert, University of Wolverhampton Alison Finch, University of Cambridge Deidre Lynch, Harvard University July 1817 saw two deaths – of Jane Austen, an English novelist with a solid but relatively modest success, and of … Continue reading


Welcome to Dr Kim Simpson, our new Postdoctoral Fellow!

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Kim Simpson to our Postdoctoral Fellowship. This three-year post is shared between Chawton House Library and the English Department at the University of Southampton. Kim will be a member of the … Continue reading

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A major boost to our ‘Adopt a Book’ programme

  Our new ‘Adopt a Book’ programme is an excellent way to support Chawton House Library and our work here. Our aim is to have secured 2,017 ‘adoptions’ by the end of 2017 – a momentous year for bibliophiles everywhere, … Continue reading


Conserving our Rare Books

Chawton House Library recently sent away four rare items to be professionally repaired thanks to money raised from our book conservation appeal. The work was undertaken by Ian Watson at Sussex Conservation Consortium. The first item was a Lady’s account book … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Blackwell: New Herb Garden commemorates eighteenth-century herbalist

Our new herb garden, in a section of the Walled Garden here at Chawton House Library, was officially opened by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mr Nigel Atkinson, on the 14th of July. It is a tribute to Elizabeth Blackwell, … Continue reading