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A free online day of celebration hosted by Chawton House celebrating the Jane Austen Society’s 80th birthday, its legacy, and of course, the great author herself.

2.00 pm

Introduction: Richard Jenkyns (Jane Austen Society)

Reports from Chawton: Katie Childs (Executive Director, Chawton House), Lizzie Dunford (Director, Jane Austen’s House)

2:30 pm

A virtual tour of Chawton House


Professor Emma Clery, ‘The Jane Austen Society, founded 1940: From Grate to Greatness’

3:30 pm

Dr Helen Cole, ‘Jane Austen and Illustration’

4.00 pm

‘Our Chawton home’: A Conversation (‘Speakers’ Panel’)

4:30 pm

‘Loving Jane Austen Around the World: An Enigma’

The videos will be available to view on our YouTube channel. By signing up to the event on ArtTickets you will receive key information first.

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Chawton House

Chawton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ

01420 541010


Opening times

Gardens and Tearoom Takeaways: 11:00am - 4:30pm daily

House: 11:00am - 4:30pm Thursdays through Sundays

Dine in at the Great Hall and the OId Kitchen Tearoom: 11:00am - 3:30pm Mondays through Wednesdays

Library: The library will be available for research on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact

Visitor season 2020: 17th February - 16th December. Christmas openings and events TBC.

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