Northanger Abbey

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


A month in the country – thoughts from our library intern

Hannah Moss, our library intern for June 2016, talks about her experience here: “Chawton House Library is a place that I had only heard good things about from previous research fellows, so when I saw the summer internship advertised, I … Continue reading


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

Painting of Maria Graham

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