Jane's Fund

Help to restore and protect Jane Austen’s precious home
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“It is always so wondrous to walk where someone you admire has walked and see the things they owned. Thank you for looking after the house so well.”

We need your help more than ever.


Jane Austen’s House Museum is the house where Jane Austen lived and wrote her six novels and is the most treasured Austen site in the world. It was her home for the last eight years of her life and where she completed all her celebrated works, sitting at the small walnut writing table, now on display in the Dining Parlour. 


We have made every effort to take great care of Jane’s precious home but time takes its toll and recent surveys have revealed that vital building repairs are required to ensure that the fabric of the Grade I Listed house does not deteriorate further. The house is also home to a roosting bat population meaning all work must be planned and approved to conservation standards. 

We urgently need your help to enable us to secure the house where Jane created Emma Woodhouse and Mr Knightley and perfected Elizabeth Bennet, Mr Darcy, Catherine Morland and the Dashwoods. From replacing the roof tiles to major structural work on the bowing front wall, your donation can help us protect the house for future generations. 

“A really wonderful experience… to feel the connection with such a remarkable woman.”



If you love Jane Austen and want to help us preserve her memory by securing this most treasured Austen site, please donate to Jane’s Fund

Just £25 can buy one roof tile or why not consider donating your first Jane Austen £10 note to Jane’s Fund and make a difference today. 

There are a number of ways you can donate:


Please donate via our JustGiving portal.

In person


When you visit the Museum, please donate via the donation boxes or at the till in the Museum shop


By cheque


If possible, please donate via the JustGiving portal. However, if you wish to send a cheque, please make the cheque payable to ‘Jane Austen’s House Museum’ and write ‘Jane’s Fund ’ on the reverse. If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider completing and sending a Gift Aid form (downloadable here) along with your cheque. 

Please avoid sending £10 notes in the post.



Those able to give £1000 or more will be entitled to a private tour of the House. If you would like to discuss a particular gift or bequest for Jane’s Fund, please call the Museum on 01420 83262 or email marketing@jahmusm.org.uk.

Thank you for your generous support.​
Jane's Fund  launch with Lucy Worsley


Jane’s Fund was launched in November 2016 on the occasion of our annual T. Edward Carpenter Memorial Lecture, a lecture series named after the Museum’s philanthropic founder. Mr Carpenter was working as a solicitor in London in the 1940s when he heard of the opportunity to purchase the house where Jane Austen wrote and revised her cherished novels. Jane Austen’s House Museum remains the only home of the author that is open to the public.

Jane Austen's House Museum
An independent museum established in 1947
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Chawton, Hampshire
GU34 1SD
Tel: 01420 83262


Charity Number: 1156458   |  © 2014 Jane Austen's House Museum

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