About Jane Austen's House

Forthcoming events

13 Sep 2014
Lacemaking Demonstration
Alresford Lacemakers will be using Jane Austen's House Museum as a background to their work on the second Saturday of each month through the summer.Come and see them in action. All lacemakers are happy to answer questions about their fine work.

19 Sep 2014
Poet in Residence
Our Poet in Residence, Maura Dooley, will be working at the Museum on the following days between 11.00am and 3.00pm and would be happy to talk to visitors about poetry, writing and her work. If you would like to meet Maura do visit on one of these days. We hope you may even be inspired to try your hand at writing.

Friday 19th September

Thursday 2nd October (National Poetry Day)

Friday 7th November and

Tuesday 16th December (Jane's Birthday)

See also details of Maura's poetry workshops below.

20 Sep 2014
'To Hear the Harp': An evening of Music from the time of Jane Austen
“She would gladly have been there too… to hear the harp.” – Mansfield Park

The League of Harmony bring an evening of music to Jane Austen’s House Museum.

Mike Parker (harp) returns to Jane Austen’s House Museum to play solos by J B Krumpholtz, Caroline Lee, Madame Dussek, and Miss Baxter. Mike will be joined by Rosemary Edwards (cello) and William Summers (flute) to play some pieces by Albrechtsberger, Hertel, and J C Bach. Gillian Dooley (soprano) will perform three songs from Jane’s collection.


Tickets: Adult £10.00, Friends & Concessions £9.00, Students £7.00

To book ring the museum on 01420 83262

27 Sep 2014
Make Do and Mend: the manuscript of The Watsons and Mansfield Park
A talk by Professor Kathryn Sutherland, Professorial Fellow in English at St Anne's College Oxford.

This year Jane Austen's House Museum is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mansfield Park. We are also exhibiting a booklet from the unfinished draft manuscript The Watsons (18 Sept-17 Dec) This talk will explore connections between the two works, drawing on the manuscript to suggest how Jane Austen may have composed her novels.


Tickets: £10.00, Concessions £8.00, Students £7.00

18 Oct 2014
Poetry Workshop - writing a poem to celebrate friendship or special occasions
Maura Dooley, Jane Austen's House Museum's Poet in Residence, leads a workshop where you can come and try your hand at writing a poem to celebrate friendship, or to mark a special occasion.

Jane Austen's poems were written for family and friends: a new baby, a visit, or a day at the races.

Which special moment in your life would you like to remember?

No experience necessary!

The workshops will run from 11am until 3.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided. You are welcome to arrive from 10.30am and to look around the Museum before we start.

Price: £17.50 (£15.00 concessions) or book this workshop with the workshop on 6th December and receive a further discount.

To book ring the museum on 01420 83262 or email

15 Nov 2014
Ladies of a Certain Age
The History Wardrobe join us in Chawton Village Hall to celebrate the older women of Austen's fiction and the real lives of Georgian ladies.

Spinster, matron, mother, widow... Jane Austen's novels may have delightful young heroines, but they are also rich with rather older characters who now have the spotlight in this unique new costumed presentation celebrating old maids and matriarchs, from Miss Bates to Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

Lively readings from Austen's novels are interspersed with insights into the realities of life for women past their first blush of youth in Regency England; not forgetting praise for literature's most marvellous spinster - Jane Austen herself.

For those wishing to restore lost looks, there will also be invaluable beauty tips from the era as well as numerous medical recommendations for the aches and pains of middle age...

Saturday 15th November at 2.00pm


Adults £12.00

Concessions: £10.00

Students: £8.00

This event takes place in Chawton Village Hall. Tickets include entry to Museum to see Mansfield Park (2007) costumes until end of November 2014.

To book tickets ring the Museum on 01420 83262.

6 Dec 2014
Poetry Workshop - Stitched Together
Jane Austen was an accomplished needlewoman as well as a writer. Constructing and stitching textiles has much in common with constructing and stitching text.

In this workshop we will use several different methods to make something whole and finished from the ragbag of ideas and images each of us carries around.

Led by Maura Dooley, Poet in Residence.

The workshops will run from 11.00am until 3.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided. You are welcome to arrive from 10.30am and to look around the Museum before we start.

Price: £17.50 (£15.00 concessions) or book this workshop with the workshop on 18th October and receive a further discount.

To book ring the museum on 01420 83262 or email

16 Dec 2014
Jane's Birthday
Join us to celebrate Jane Austen's birthday.

All visitors to this museum today are invited to join us for a complimentary coffee and mince pies. Admission FREE - today only.

Some of our volunteers will gather around the Clementi Piano to sing Christmas Carols at 11.30am and 2.30pm

Come and join in the singing!

Our Poet in Residence, Maura Dooley, will also be 'at home on this day.

Why not make a it a special shopping day too and visit our shop for all those last minute Jane related Christmas presents.

Please phone for details of all events - 01420 83262


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