We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been chosen as one of the top 10 sites in England that together represent the story of England's music and literature. Author Monica Ali selected Jane Austen's House Museum - alongside sites such as Shakespeare's Birthplace, the Brontë Parsonage and the Haçienda nightclub - from a long list of public nominations, and she had this to say about Austen herself:
“She is one of literature’s great innovators... and the inventor of the ‘free indirect’ style that is so commonly adopted by novelists today.”
Ali also felt that Austen is 'underrated', despite the fact that she has dedicated fans worldwide.
The music and literature category forms part of Historic England's project Irreplacable: A History of England in 100 Places. Historic England have sought the help of the public in creating a list of 100 places, buildings and historical sites that together tell the remarkable story of England and its impact on the world.
Listen to the accompanying #100Places podcast series here.
The Top Ten Places - Music and Literature Category:
Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon
Abbey Road Studios, St John's Wood, London
Jane Austen's House, Chawton, Hampshire
The 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London
George Orwell's home, Islington, London
The Haçienda (former nightclub and music venue), Manchester
The Brontë Parsonage, Haworth, West Yorkshire
Handel & Hendrix in London, 23 and 25 Brook Street, London
Charles Dickens' former home, Doughty Street, Holborn, London
Chetham's Library, Manchester