As we approach the 200 year anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, we have just launched ‘Jane’s Fund’, an appeal to restore and protect our Grade 1 listed buildings. We are aiming to raise £250,000 towards a first phase of exterior and interior building repairs, restoration and refurbishment. Please see our Jane's Fund page for further details and a chance to donate.
Jane’s Fund was launched last week on the occasion of our annual T. Edward Carpenter Memorial Lecture, a lecture series named after Jane Austen's House 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.
This year’s Carpenter lecture was hosted by the National Portrait Gallery and was given by Lucy Worsley on the subject of ‘Jane Austen at Home’, a subject close to our heart!