Intern Charlotte spent her time at the Museum looking at our Social Media offering (amongst other things).
Spending two weeks in the home of Jane Austen, surrounded by the books and possessions of the author herself, was an absolute pleasure. I have always had a particular fascination with the lives of authors, and always enjoy visiting literary houses, but there is something quite perfect about Chawton.
One of my main tasks during my time at Jane Austen’s House was helping with the social media accounts. I really enjoyed updating the Facebook and Twitter feeds, and I also created a Pinterest account. Social media is certainly a great way to make Jane Austen’s House come alive through the screen, helping people to get an idea of just what a wonderful place it is to visit.
I was also able to help with visiting schools, talks and events at the house and in the shop. It was fantastic to speak to visitors, many of whom had travelled a long way, and to hear what they love about Jane Austen: from Colin Firth’s wet shirt, jewellery and ball gowns, to Fordyce’s Sermons, Jane’s naval brothers and slavery in Mansfield Park, everyone I met had something they wished to discuss!
The passion and commitment of the staff and volunteers at Jane Austen’s House Museum was brilliant to be a part of, and even in such a short time I learned so much. Right in the middle of Jane Austen bicentenary years (2014 belonging to Mansfield Park) there is still so much to be talked about and celebrated. Everyone at Jane Austen’s House Museum is working to make these years so special, and with the help of social media, these celebrations can be extended to Jane Austen fans all over the world.
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