Figure 1: Team photo of all staff and students from the end of our last working day.

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

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Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Today the Irish (and Irish at heart) around the world will be celebrating the Emerald Isle’s patron saint and culture. That makes March 17th the perfect day to remember controversial Irish novelist, Sydney Owenson (1783?-1859), and her popular novel ‘The Wild … Continue reading

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The Life of a Female Writer on the Big Screen

In the Great Gallery at Chawton House Library stands a display cabinet, home to a hidden treasure. On loan to us for safekeeping is the collection of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists’ trophies, many of which would have … Continue reading

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The Barrett Papers

  In November 2014, Simon Downing from Selborne (four miles from Chawton) officially handed over a collection of family archives. Dating from 1821 through to the 1880s, this archive includes journals, cookery books and watercolour sketches written and compiled by … Continue reading

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A Career in Book Conservation

Giorgia Genco is training to become a book conservator. She spent two weeks at Chawton House Library in May 2014 assisting the conservator, Caroline Bendix, with a survey of our rare books. Giorgia returns in February 2015 to help Caroline … Continue reading