Following the release of the new £10 note featuring Jane Austen last week, the Bank of England’s Chief Cashier Victoria Cleland today presented Jane Austen’s House Museum Curator Mary Guyatt with a low numbered bank note for the museum’s permanent collection.
Victoria Cleland, Chief Cashier at the Bank of England said: "It is wonderful to visit Chawton and see Jane Austen's 12 sided writing desk, which is featured in the new £10 note design, as well as walk in her footsteps. What a wonderful way to celebrate this renowned author, in the 200th anniversary of her death. It truly feels like I've brought Jane home."
As well as the note, Victoria presented the museum with a special print based on the banknote design. The museum plans to auction the print as part of its fundraising appeal, Jane’s Fund, set up to raise money for vital building repairs to the Grade I listed house which was Austen’s former home and the place where she completed all her novels. As part of the Jane’s Fund fundraising appeal, the museum is asking the public to help ‘Bring Jane Home’ and donate their Austen £10 notes to the museum.
Mary Guyatt, Jane Austen’s House Museum Curator said: “We are so pleased to receive this donation of one of the first Jane Austen banknotes for the museum’s collection. Our note is numbered AA01001949 because the museum opened in 1949. While this particular note will never be spent, we are excited to think of the Jane Austen note in circulation and we hope many tenners will be donated to our Jane’s Fund appeal to keep the museum thriving as it approaches its seventieth anniversary.”
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 and the note was unveiled at Winchester Cathedral on the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, 18th July 2017. The note features Austen’s writing table which is on display at the museum.