Let there be light – protecting our collection

Our book conservation appeal has now raised almost 50,000 pounds to date and we are extremely grateful to all our friends who have donated  so far. When books from our collection and loaned items from around the world were installed … Continue reading

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A Review of our “Emma At 200” Exhibition

Michael Caines, of the Times Literary Supplement visited our Emma at 200 exhibition recently. You can read his whole review here We particularly enjoyed the following extract: “Both the contemporary context and the past two centuries of responses to Emma are well illustrated at … Continue reading

27 March easter

Our visitor season has begun

Our visitor season has begun and we are now open to the public until 28th October, including Sundays and bank holidays. Monday – Friday 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Last entry is at 4.00 p.m. Sundays & bank holidays 11.00am … Continue reading


Become a Volunteer

Ever wondered what it would be like to volunteer at a place like Chawton House Library? If so, we will be delighted to meet you! From greeting visitors on arrival and welcoming them to the Library to helping in the … Continue reading

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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