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    Jane Austen's Bookshop - An Exhibition -

    This exhibition explores how readers and writers in Winchester shared printed material (books, playbills, engravings &c). Men and women, young and old, gentry and middle classes, rich and poor, Protestant and Catholic - all participated. The Austen family purchased literature from the bookshop of John Burdon (today still a
    bookshop), while scholars at Winchester College published their works in their own city. The newly founded hospital produced annual reports, and local newspapers such as the Hampshire Chronicle promoted all kinds of publications in advertisements and reviews.

    Come to Chawton House Library to learn more about book production and circulation. Find out what kind of material was
    published in Hampshire in the eighteenth century, and just what the Austen family might have read.

    Adults: £4 (Accompanying children: free)

    Weekdays 10.00 a.m - 4.00 p.m.

    Download the exhibition poster:
    Adobe PDF


    14 July 12  >>

    Vintage Car Day & Open Gardens

    Vintage Car Day & Open Gardens

    Experience the gardens of Chawton House
    in the glory of summer and wallow in nostalgia!

    A fleet of vintage cars will be on hand to add some old-fashioned glamour, whilst children can follow a special garden trail.

    Refreshments will be served from the Old Kitchen, and our gift shop will also be open.

    Please note, The house will not be open as described in some of our literature.

    Admission: Adults £3; Children £1.50

    Open: 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

    27 July 12  >>

    Open-Air Theatre

    ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

    Heartbreak productions

    Pack your picnic and enjoy an evening with
    Heartbreak Productions in the grounds
    of Chawton House Library.

    Performing Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, the company delivers this well-loved comedy with flair and ingenuity – and more than a little ‘feel good’ factor!

    An evening of fun and accessible theatre in the most atmospheric of settings.

    Adults £15; Concessions £12.50; Children £10; Family £40 (2 adults & 3 children)

    Gates open at 6.00 p.m. for picnics; performance begins at approximately 7.30 p.m.


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    To book tickets for any of the above events please call 01420 541010, or email us by clicking here.

    Download the 2012 Spring / Summer lectures and events leaflet here. Adobe PDF

    Gift Aid Visitor

    Gift Aid admission prices include a 10% voluntary donation,and by paying this you enable Chawton House Library to reclaim the tax back on the whole amount paid as part of the Government’s Gift Aid Scheme. For us, that’s currently worth an extra 28p for every £1 you give which means that your donation will provide even more support for our preservation, restoration and education work.

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