Thanks to the generous public donations so far given to Jane's Fund , we have been able to make a start on the urgent works to repair aspects of the building here at Jane Austen's House Museum. Alex Flinn, Site Manager, explains more.
"Works to preserve Jane Austen’s precious home have started so that it can be protected for future generations. The house is Grade I listed because of the building's unique architectural and historic interest. Bats also visit the site so special permissions are needed to carry out the works to the house and the works can only happen at certain times of the year.
Dunne & Co Ltd who specialise in the repair and restoration of period and listed buildings, have started the urgent work to stabilise the bowing at the front of the house and to consolidate the Dining Room ceiling.
Using conservation standard methods, the front of the house will be secured to the joists on the first floor and the dining room ceiling will be strengthened from above. This means that the floorboards in different rooms will be carefully lifted to enable the works to happen. Lifting the floorboards has already revealed more information about how the house was constructed and modified over time.
Who knows what we may find underneath the floorboards of this magnificent house..."
A huge thank you to everyone who has helped to make this first phase of repairs a reality.
There is a lot more work to be done, and a lot more money to raise! For more information, visit the Jane's Fund pages of our website.