Jane Austen's House Museum

Jane Austen's House Museum
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Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire.

Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life in this unpretentious cottage in the small pretty village of Chawton from 1809 until 1817. It was in this house that Jane’s genius flourished and where she was free to write.

It was here that Jane was able to revise her earlier manuscripts and begin writing new ones in earnest. A 17th century house, it tells the story of Jane Austen and her family, and provides a lasting legacy to the great British author.

The garden, now much smaller than in Jane's time, contains many varieties of plants and herbs common in the late 18th century and is still a peaceful spot.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

2017- Jane Austen's House Museum will closed for the whole of January and February as we prepare for the bicentenary commemorations of Jane's death. We re-open 3rd March 2016.

3rd March-May
Daily 10:30-16:30

June, July & August
- daily 10.00-17.00

September - 1st January
- daily 10.30-16.30, except 24th, 25th & 26th December


Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day

Last entry is 30 minutes before the advertise closing time.

Please check our website for full details, up to date opening times and our event programme

http://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk

Admission charges

2016:
Adults £8.00
Seniors over 65/ Students/Registered unemployed: £6.50
Children (6-16 years) £4.00
Pre-booked Groups (15 or more) £6.50
Under 6 Free

Groups must book in advance. Coaches must park in the coach bays provided. These are in the public car park to the rear of the Greyfriar car park opposite the museum.

2017 Prices: TBC

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
Getting there

By car: From London/NE, take the A3/A31 via Guildford/Farnham. Chawton is clearly signposted from A31/A32 roundabout near Alton. From the SW follow the A31 from Winchester to Alton. Jane Austen's House is clearly signposted as is Chawton. Jane Austen’s House Museum is in the centre of the village.

By train: Trains run regularly from Waterloo to Alton and taxis can be found at the station.

Additional info

There are no refreshment facilities on site; however Cassandra's Cup and the Greyfriar pub are just acerss the road, and Chawton House Library is close by.

Visitors with disabilities: The ground floor, the garden and toilets are all accessible to wheelchairs.

The museum is a Grade 1 listed building as well as being the home of Jane Austen.

The museum houses an attractive collection of items connected with Jane and her family including the table that she used to write her novels. There is some of her jewellery, and examples of her needlework skill. In the drawing room is a fine Hepplewhite bureau-bookcase and chairs that oncebelonged to Jane's father. The collection ranges from 1st Editions, to jewellery, to letters and more.

In the Old Bakehouse you will be able to see Jane's donkey carriage that she used when she was ill and too weak to travel far on foot.

Collection details

Literature, Personalities

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Jane Austen's House Museum at 70

70th Anniversary of the Opening of Jane Austen's House Museum

  • 23 July 2019

Jane Austen’s House Museum first opened to the public on 23 July 1949. This year, on the 70th anniversary of our official opening date, the first 70 visitors will be able to purchase Museum admission at the original 1949 ticket price of 1/6d (equivalent to £2.34 today)!

All visitors will be issued with a special commemorative ticket, based on the original invitation to the opening of the House in 1949. Present this ticket in The Greyfriar to receive 5% off food on the day.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

1/6d (£2.34) for the first 70 visitors, normal admission prices apply thereafter.

Website

https://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/whats-on

regency dancers

Our 70th Birthday Party!

  • 27 July 2019

We’re holding a special birthday party to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Jane Austen’s House Museum and everyone is invited!

The Museum grounds will be decorated and filled with festivity, with activities for all the family on offer throughout the day. There will be lots to see and do including live music performed by one of Britain’s leading violinists Sophie Langdon, Regency garden games to play, and a chance to dress up and pose with our special anniversary selfie-frame. Alongside this, The Duke of Wellington’s Dancers will be performing Regency dances and visitors will even have the chance to join in!

If you find all that dancing makes you hungry, why not enjoy a picnic in the enchanting surroundings of Jane’s cottage garden? Either bring your own or purchase a special picnic pack from our friends at Cassandra’s Cup tea room (opposite the Museum). Quench your thirst with a glass of ‘Jane’s Party Pimm’s’, on sale by The Greyfriar Pub from a pop up stall in the Museum garden and if you’re in need of a sweet treat, Cassandra’s Cup will also be selling cakes and scones from the garden.

Head into the House to view our dedicated anniversary exhibition, Making the Museum, and drop into hourly Curator’s Questions sessions to find out more about treasured Jane Austen objects and how the collection has been built over the last 70 years.

To top it off, all visitors will be issued with a special commemorative ticket, based on the original invitation to the opening of the House in 1949. Present this ticket in The Greyfriar to receive 5% off food on the day.

Regency dress is actively encouraged!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Included with Museum admission, just turn up!
Please note: our free garden tickets will not be available on this special event day.

Website

https://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/whats-on

a talk at Jane Austen's House Museum

Director's Evening Talk and Tour

  • 22 August 2019 6:30-8pm

For our 70th anniversary year, we are thrilled to announce this brand new and exclusive event. Join our Director Mary Guyatt for an intimate talk and guided tour of Jane Austen’s House Museum in the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine as you learn more about Jane Austen’s life here, discover stories behind the objects on display and have the chance to ask questions about Jane Austen and her home here in Chawton.

Admission

Tickets: £25 + booking fee (includes Museum admission, Museum Guide and glass of wine or soft drink)

Website

https://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/whats-on

walking group

Guided Walk: In Jane Austen's Footsteps

  • 20 September 2019 10:30am-12pm

Suitable for all abilities, but please wear sturdy, sensible footwear. The walk is around 1 mile in length with many stops for talking.

‘Three or four families in a country village is the very thing to work on…’ Jane Austen

Join us for a relaxed stroll through Jane Austen’s country village of Chawton. Walk in Jane’s footsteps and find out more about the village in which Austen lived; the people she knew, the places she visited and the importance of village life in shaping her writing. Throughout the walk, short readings from Austen’s letters and novels will bring her world to life.

Meet outside the front of the Museum.

Admission

Tickets: £15 + booking fee (excludes Museum admission)

Website

https://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/whats-on

Jane Austen's House Museum

Writing Workshop with Rebecca Smith

  • 21 September 2019 11am-4pm

This workshop will focus on using artefacts and memories to write compelling fiction, memoir or poetry. This year, Jane Austen’s House Museum is celebrating its 70th birthday and we’ll be making the most of this very special location. We’ll be taking inspiration from Jane Austen’s house and garden, the Museum’s collection of objects, letters and pictures, and Jane Austen’s novels and letters for a series of new exercises that will help you to craft convincing and engaging writing. There will be exercises to take home too so that you can keep using the Chawton magic in your work. This workshop will be suitable for experienced writers as well as those who are just starting out.


Rebecca Smith is the author of three novels published by Bloomsbury as well as Jane Austen’s Guide To Modern Life's Dilemmas, The Jane Austen Writers' Club and a picture book, Where's Jane?. The novel she has just completed draws on 100 years of family history and uses objects and letters in its storytelling. She was the writer in residence at Jane Austen’s House Museum from 2009-2010. Rebecca is a Principal Teaching Fellow in English and Creative Writing at the University of Southampton.

Admission

Tickets: £55 + booking fee (includes refreshments and Museum admission)

Website

https://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/whats-on

Getting there

By car: From London/NE, take the A3/A31 via Guildford/Farnham. Chawton is clearly signposted from A31/A32 roundabout near Alton. From the SW follow the A31 from Winchester to Alton. Jane Austen's House is clearly signposted as is Chawton. Jane Austen’s House Museum is in the centre of the village.

By train: Trains run regularly from Waterloo to Alton and taxis can be found at the station.

Jane Austen's House Museum
Jane Austen's House, Winchester Road, Chawton
Alton
Hampshire
GU34 1SD
England

Website

http://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/

E-mail

enquiries@jahmusm.org.uk

Telephone

01420 83262

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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