Get Involved

Please support us now

As a registered charity (no.1026921), we rely on outside support to continue our work.  We receive no local authority funding and cannot operate without generous donors enabling us to preserve and promote our collections and historic environment.

There are many ways to get involved with Chawton House Library, including:

Donating, Subscribing, Volunteering, Becoming a Friend or Member, Funding a Special Project, leaving a Gift in your Will or making a loan.


  In the words of Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey, ‘…after all that romancers may say, there is no doing without money.’


And it is as simple as that. Additional dedicated funding is vital to enable us continue and expand our education programmes and research facilities. We also need unrestricted donations to go towards the day-to-day running and maintenance costs of the house and estate.

An historic estate, its collections and environment forms part of a nation’s heritage. Out of that heritage springs something vital and exciting – our culture and identity. As ideas grow and meander from one life to the next, they leave a ladder of writings, images and structures. These ideas, if nurtured and protected,  accumulate to reassure and inspire each next step and each new generation.

Chawton House Library does everything possible to inspire people to take those next steps.


Voices from the past permeate Chawton House Library and inspire today’s scholars and writers. 


“The opportunity to study for the Chawton MA in such surroundings was priceless and has changed my life forever”
Visiting Fellow


Only with your kind and generous support can this continue.


- Legacies

- Projects

Discover our current project work and appeals.

- Gifts and Loans

- Individual Support & NAFCHL

Become a Friend or Patron of Chawton House Library: ways to give.

- Volunteering