Barbara Crick

Cooking People: The Writers Who Taught The English How To Eat – Review

Following the recent success of our cookery demo and talk for Sophia Waugh’s new book, Cooking People, cookery school owner, Barbara Crick, gives her verdict on a foodie’s guide to home cooking over the last few centuries. I’m probably not … Continue reading

Sophia Waughlores

A home cooking revolution from female writers across the ages

Sophia Waugh will be visiting Chawton House Library to talk about her latest book, Cooking People: The Writers Who Taught the English How To Eat. Continue reading

Lindsay Ashford

Chawton House Library: the muse for a Jane Austen ‘who dunnit’

Chawton House Library inspired crime novelist Lindsay Ashford to write The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen, a controversial take on Austen’s death, which has been adapted for Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4. Was arsenic poisoning to blame? Lindsay … Continue reading

Keeping the word alive: the old blog can be found here!

On seeing this image on Facebook today I spent some time puzzling upon it, and would like to spend more, but on first impression enjoyed its overt irony. No better illustration for providing the link to the ‘old’ blog for … Continue reading


‘Much Ado About Muffs: Actresses, Accessories, and Austen’

An exhibition based on Dr. Laura Engel’s fascinating insight into eighteenth-century culture illustrated by the collections at Chawton House Library.   Austen is famously associated with Elizabeth Inchbald because of the ill-fated production of Lovers’ Vows (1798) in Mansfield Park … Continue reading

Frontispiece to Compleat Housewife

Country House Living: Wives, servants and household management

Country House Living: Wives, servants and household management In the long eighteenth century, life in a country house such as Chawton House had a routine dictated by the agricultural year, and by the social demands of sports such as hunting. … Continue reading