Jane Austen’s Great House Appeal to Stay Open


Chawton House Library, the “Great House” as it was called when inherited by Jane Austen’s brother, Edward, is looking to raise around £150,000 over the next 18 months, due to a major investor withdrawing their support. The library is not too far from the Jane Austen House Museum, which was the bailiff’s  residence of the house and Austen’s, along with her mother and her sister, Cassandra, home for the last years of her life.

Following story comes from The Guardian:

The house had fallen into disrepair when American entrepreneur and philanthropist Sandy Lerner intervened in 1992. Lerner reopened it in 2003 as a library and research centre after extensive restoration, turning it into a home for early women’s literature. The library features an original manuscript in Austen’s own hand, first and early editions of her novels, as well as writing by women authors who inspired her, and others whom she in turn inspired.

Open to visitors since 2015, Chawton House is facing an uncertain future after Lerner stepped down from the board of trustees last year, and her foundation decided to focus on other projects. Before that, Lerner’s foundation had covered around 65% of its operating costs.”

To read the rest of the article, you can find it here.

To find out more about their fundraising campaign and how you can donate, you can visit their main website.

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