Chawton House

International Women's Day Celebrations at Chawton House

For this year's International Women's Day, Chawton House will be celebrating the works of Jane Austen, and the women who inspired her

For one day only, we will be bringing out one of the most treasured items in the library collection. The 'Charles Grandison' manuscript, written in Austen's hand, will be on display for visitors to view.

There will be two Curator-led tours of the 2019 exhibition: 'Jane Austen's Reading' at 10:30am & 2:30pm, of 45mins duration.

The 2019 exhibition at Chawton House will focus on the books that Jane Austen had access to when visiting her brother Edward at Godmersham Park in Kent, many of which are now in Chawton House's library collection.

A key feature of the exhibition will be an 1818 handwritten catalogue listing books housed at Godmersham Park. This document was used in the creation of a virtual library that went live in October 2018 (see

The virtual library will be available to consult and will sit alongside a display of relevant books including a first edition of the copy of Mary Brunton's Self-Control, we know Jane Austen read, plus texts that are referred to in her novels such as Fordyce's Sermons and the Baronetage.

Event Details


Friday 8 March 2019, from 11am until 4.30pm


Chawton House, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ


General Admission, £10 Adults.
Admission with Curator Tour, £12 Adults

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