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Welcome to the Jane Austen’s House Museum Blog

December 16, 2011

On this, the 236th anniversary of the day on which Jane Austen was born at Steventon, we would like to welcome you to our new blog.

The aim of the blog is to share the life of this vibrant museum with everyone, particularly with those of you who cannot physically visit us here at Chawton. The Jane Austen’s House Museum is housed in the cottage where Jane Austen lived from 1809 until shortly before her death in 1817. It was in this cottage that all of Jane Austen’s major works were either written or revised.  Jane Austen was very fond of her home, which she shared with her mother, her elder sister, Cassandra, and their friend, Martha Lloyd.

We  trust you will soon enjoy reading about  the many and varied objects in the Museum’s collection, some which form part of the permanent display, some which are seen only rarely. We also hope to share with you details of the special exhibitions that we stage in the house, and, also, to celebrate with you the many and varied events that are held here throughout the year. We plan to be sharing with you the development, through the seasons, of our wonderful gardens which surround the house, and which are tended so carefully by our gardener. We also hope that the blog will also give you the opportunity to ‘meet’ the permanent staff and many volunteers who contribute so much to the special atmosphere of the Museum.

This year the Museum has been celebrating the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Jane Austen’s first novel with A Year of Sense and Sensibility

and in the next few weeks we will be posting about some of the events and exhibitions which were centred around this very important anniversary.

Louise West, the Museum’s Curator, pictured above in the Drawing Room, would like to add her own special welcome to you:

“I am delighted to be able to welcome you to our new museum blog and to express my thanks to our co-contributor on this, Julie Wakefield.  Julie hosts the wonderful website, Austenonly which I find myself using more and more.

We want our blog to reflect the day-to-day life of the museum and to give you a special insight into all our events.”

Louise West, Curator.

We thought it was very appropriate to launch this new blog on this special day, which was Jane Austen’s Birthday. It is also, traditionally, the day when access to the Museum is free and all visitors are offered a celebratory coffee and mince pie! We do hope you will come back here soon to read the first of our articles, which will be about some of the costumes from the BBC’s 2006 production of Sense and Sensibility, which have recently been on display in the museum.

Welcome, once again to our new blogging venture.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2011 9:55 am

    Congratulations on the new blog and thanks for sharing our dear Jane!

    Best whises


    • jfwakefield permalink*
      December 16, 2011 5:34 pm

      Thank you so much for commenting, Raquel- you are the first to do so!You are quite correct, we love to share Jane,so do come back to check out our other posts!

  2. December 16, 2011 10:23 am

    It’s lovely to see this blog, and on Jane Austen’s birthday too! Is it snowing at Chawton today? Happy Christmas to everyone at the house!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      December 16, 2011 5:35 pm

      Hello Jane, it is lovely to “see” you here too! It did snow today- a little- but then it melted!Merry Christmas to you to!

  3. December 16, 2011 3:35 pm

    Oh, lovely, so awe-inspiring! How I should love to be there! How I should fancy visiting!

    Cheers from Argentina!

    Delfina Morganti.-

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      December 16, 2011 5:36 pm

      We hope you can visit in person one day! In the meantime do come back and visit us here often! Thank you so much for commenting.

  4. Cathy Allen permalink
    December 16, 2011 8:52 pm

    How lovely to be “visiting” Chawton on Jane Austen’s birthday! Thank you for the coffee and pie. I plan to visit often, so I will get to know her modern “friends” and her home, and you will get to know me. I thank you for the opportunity. Happy Birthday, dear Jane!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      December 17, 2011 9:41 am

      Thank you so much! (and I’m glad you enjoyed your virtual coffee and mince pies!)

  5. December 17, 2011 9:12 am

    What a wonderful sendoff for a new Jane blog! Best wishes to a very special place in my heart.

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      December 17, 2011 9:53 am

      Thank you, Laurel. I know this place is very special to you, as it is to many others, and we hope you will return to enjoy what we have to share ( which is all very exciting!).

  6. December 17, 2011 11:38 am

    Congratulations! I look forward to many hours “in” the house…

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      December 18, 2011 10:31 am

      Thank you! We look forward to your visits!

  7. ladycatherine12 permalink
    December 18, 2011 3:11 pm

    What a wonderful treat to reach all of Jane’s friends!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      December 18, 2011 11:35 pm

      We hope it will be! That is our aim, in any event! Thanks for commenting!

  8. Elisabeth Lenckos permalink
    December 18, 2011 5:00 pm

    What a wonderful gift for us on Jane Austen’s birthday! Thank you, Jane Austen’s House Museum, and Happy Holidays!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      December 18, 2011 11:38 pm

      Happy Holidays to you!

  9. Jenny permalink
    December 29, 2011 8:56 pm

    Thank you for a lovely visit to Jane Austen’s House Museum. Was lucky enough to visit on a beautiful summer’s day and had a peaceful walk around the garden. Will bookmarked your blog so I can follow events until the next time I return.

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      December 29, 2011 9:08 pm

      We are so glad you enjoyed seeing the rooms decorated for Christmas. It is a lovely place to visit, as it is, indeed, very atmospheric. We’re very glad you have bookmarked the blog, for we have some very interesting articles for you to read in the coming weeks.

  10. December 31, 2011 1:29 pm

    This is just wonderful, thanks for supporting this initiative. And congratulations to Julie. This will be a lovely place to tell people about and visit!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      January 1, 2012 8:28 pm

      Thank you! We do hope it will be an interesting and enjoyable project for us all.

  11. Janet Clarke permalink
    December 31, 2011 3:54 pm

    Delighted to discover your new blog which will keep us all in touch with Chawton Cottage in .
    a very personal way.Best wishes and happy new year to everyone

    Janet Clarke ( Worthing )

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      January 1, 2012 8:30 pm

      Thank you, Janet. That is our aim…we simply have to live up to expectations! ( fingers crossed!)

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