About Jane Austen's House

Forthcoming events

21 Apr 2014
Scenes from Mansfield Park
Join us on Easter Monday to enjoy scenes from Mansfield Park in the garden of the house where she created the novel.

Ruffled Umbrella, a theatre company who create theatre that captivates and surrounds an audience perform scenes from Mansfield Park in the Garden.

There will be two short scenes which will be performed in the morning. The same two scenes will be repeated in the afternoon.


Scene 1: 11.00am & 2:00pm

Two conversations between Mary & Henry Crawford

Having decided to extend his stay at Mansfield, Henry Crawford sets himself the challenge to make Fanny Price fall in love with him. This challenge however, has unexpected consequences when Henry Crawford finds himself in love with Fanny Price.

Scene 2: 12 noon & 3.00pm

Conversation between Sir Thomas Bertram & Fanny Price

Despite being unsuccessful in his proposals to Fanny Price, Henry Crawford has sought permission from Sir Thomas Bertram to ask for her hand in marriage. Sir Thomas informs Fanny of Henry Crawford’s declaration and his approval of the idea, much to her horror.

Museum entrance fee applies. No additional charge

This event may move indoors if weather is cold or inclement.

9 May 2014
200th Anniversary of first publication of Mansfield Park
Join us as we celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the first book Jane Austen wrote entirely at her home in Chawton.

Hampshire Regency Dancers will spend the day at the Museum and there will be readings from Mansfield Park and the opportunity to handle items from the time of the novel.

Events free with admission fee to Museum.

10 May 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.

Dates: 10th May, 12th July, 9th August, 13th September as well as 14th June when they will join us for our Family Day.

7 Jun 2014
Historical Interpretation - William Knight – a crewman on a Slave Ship
Historical interpreter John White returns to Jane Austen's House Museum as William Knight, a crewman on a slave ship.

‘Knight’ has been involved in the Slave Trade for many years, crossing and re-crossing the Atlantic Ocean on numerous occasions; in the furtherance of the ‘triangular trade’. He recounts the horrors of slavery, of the appalling conditions on board ship, and the manner in which men, women, and children were seized, treated as ‘property’, and sold into a life of unbelievable hardship. Now, however, ‘Knight’ is an ‘abolitionist’ who speaks out against the brutality of slavery and who seeks to inform the wider public of the need to end this shameful trade.

Free with entry to Museum

Appearing on both Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th June

14 Jun 2014
Family Day & Music in the Garden with Madding Crowd
Join us for a day of singing and dancing with Madding Crowd in the garden at the Museum.

Taking inspiration from the Naval connections of Jane's real life sailor brothers and as well as Mansfield Park's Fanny Price's brother and father Madding Crowd will present a programme that looks at the influence of the sea and war on the life of villages and villagers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Alresford Lacemakers will also be demonstrating their wonderful work throughout the day.

Free with entry to Museum.

25 Jun 2014
Midsummer Evening opening
As a part of Regency Week we will remain open on the evening of Wednesday 25th June.

Walk around our pretty garden and ask our Head Gardener questions about the planting scheme. Handle some Regency objects. Be inspired to write a poem or short story. Or simply visit the house and see it in a different light.

Normal admission prices apply.

28 Jun 2014
What Matters in Mansfield Park
We are very pleased to welcome Professor John Mullan who returns to explore the themes of Mansfield Park

John Mullan is Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at University College London and author of the bestselling book What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved .


Tickets: Adult £10.00, Friends & Concessions £8.00, Students £6.00

To book ring the museum on 01420 83262

This event is a part of Regency Week and will take place in Chawton Village Hall

10 Jul 2014
Austen from right to left
The challenges in translating “Sense and Sensibility” to Hebrew

Every literary work presents the translator with challenges and obstacles, which are even greater when considering Jane Austen’s unique writing style. To mark the publication of the new Hebrew translation of Sense and Sensibility, translator Shai Sendik will talk about the challenges and deliberations he faced during this fascinating and exhausting process. He will address the bridging of cultures – between 19th century England and 21st century Israel; the quest for a translation that would both flow and retain Jane Austen’s style, voice and characteristic irony; and the creation of characters who would bring vitality and credibility to their readers, across the chasm of two hundred years and thousands of kilometers.

Shai Sendik is a literary translator from English and French into Hebrew, living in Israel. He has translated more than 12 books, both fiction and non-fiction. He teaches English and Hebrew as a foreign language. He considers translating a novel by Jane Austen as a dream come true.


Free with entry to Museum

Please phone for details of all events - 01420 83262


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