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Man Up! Women who stepped into a man’s world is temporarily closed until further notice. Please check the venue's website for the latest details.

Discover the lives of 18th-century women who stepped outside of traditional female roles, risking physical perils and public outrage in disguising themselves as men.

Chawton House’s 2020 exhibition highlights stories of women who stepped into male roles. By picking up a pen, pistol or sword, they broke with convention to survive and thrive. Out of necessity or choice, to seek glory or escape the fetters of a restrictive life – there were those who kept control over their inheritance, unashamedly sought fame, adopted fake names, took to the high seas, or even joined the army.

Disregarding the confines of societal expectation, these pioneering women harnessed their fate and sought control over their narrative. Chawton House holds many of these accounts within the collection, some true, others fictional, all fascinating.

South East

Chawton House

Chawton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ

01420 541010


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Temporarily closed

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

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