Chawton House Library
Dr Gillian Dow
- A collection of rare texts by women writers, kept in a beautiful house that once belonged to Jane Austen’s brother Edward
- Extra publicity from Jane Austen’s house is expected to increase visitor numbers
Set in the quintessentially English manor house that once belonged to Jane Austen’s brother Edward, Chawton House Library is an internationally respected research and learning centre for the study of women’s writing from 1600 to 1820. Visitors can wander around the beautiful gardens – hazy with bees and pollen in the summer – and explore the house; they may access the unique collection of women’s writing to study the electric history of women’s penmanship or explore the fascinating, flawlessly restored house. This book will be a valuable guide, providing a historical tour of the house, including information about the portraits on display and rare books from the collection.