Ahead of the new Jane Austen banknote being released into circulation, Jane Austen’s House Museum are asking the public to #BringJaneHome by donating their first Austen £10 note to Jane’s Fund, a fund set up to help restore and protect Austen’s precious home which is in urgent need of restoration.
The public can celebrate Jane Austen’s life and support the restoration of her home by:
The house, where Austen lived for the last eight years of her life and wrote or revised all her novels, is of Grade I listed status and recent surveys have shown that vital building repairs are required to ensure the fabric of the house does not deteriorate further. Exterior and interior work will secure the house now and protect it for future generations.
Some of the first Austen enthusiasts vowing to donate their first Austen £10 to Jane’s Fund are Jane Austen’s House Museum ambassadors Lucy Worsley, Joanna Trollope and Kathy Lette.
The Museum are also thrilled to be welcoming the Bank of England’s Chief Cashier Victoria Cleland to the house in September where she will donate one of the early bank notes to the Museum’s permanent collection.
The new banknote was unveiled at Winchester Cathedral on 18th July, the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, announced that Jane Austen would appear on a forthcoming banknote at a press conference at Jane Austen’s House Museum in July 2013.