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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

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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

University of Southampton students at Chawton House Library.

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

Chawton House Library cake (baked by Alice Parker) with total station surveyor & resistivity surveyor (curtesy of Lego).

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

Figure 3: Michael Burgess and Harry Burridge carrying out a resistivity survey, on the South Lawn.

Archaeology Students Search for Secrets of CHL Estate: Day Three

Today’s Archaeology blog is from ‘Team Darcy'; second year students at the University of Southampton, using high-tech equipment to seek out the foundations of forgotten buildings and structures on the historic Chawton House Library estate.     Today, during our … Continue reading

Figure 1: Iona Skyring using a total station, in the hall at Chawton House Library

Archaeology Students Search for Secrets of CHL Estate: Day Two

This week, Archaeology students from the University of Southampton are surveying the buildings and grounds here at Chawton House Library. Working in teams named after Jane Austen characters, they are putting all their skills into practice to uncover the forgotten features … Continue reading

Figure 1: Natalie Hearn operating a Leica FlexLine total station, supervised by Dominic Barker.”

Archaeology Students Search for Secrets of CHL Estate: Day One

All this week, students from the Archaeological Department of the University of Southampton will be putting the skills they have learnt into practice and working in teams to survey the house and grounds here at Chawton House Library. With records … Continue reading

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‘Strength in Weakness': The Life and Times of a Rare Book

In the eighteenth century, there was a literary fashion for ‘it’ novels or fiction narrated by speaking objects. Items from articles of clothing to furniture were given a voice to tell the story of the adventures of their life. Inspired … Continue reading