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10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.


Heritage Open Day: The Gentleman Farmer



6.30 p.m. drinks reception for 7.00 p.m. talk

Evening Lecture: Professor Philip Olleson ‘The World of Susan Burney’ To mark the publication by Ashgate of The Journals and Letters of Susan Burney: Music and Society in Late Eighteenth-Century England, Chawton House Library invites you to an evening devoted to Susan Burney. Philip Olleson, Emeritus Professor of Historical Musicology at the University of Nottingham, and the editor of the volume, will introduce Susan with an account of her life and times, accompanied by a selection of readings from the journals by Karin Fernald, a speaker, actor and writer who is well known for her programmes of readings based on the life and works of literary figures.

Experience Chawton House Library in a new light as we bring you face-toface with the ‘Gentleman Farmer’. Discover the charity’s newly-restored eighteenth-century barn, complete with contemporary implements; walk the lime avenue; experience the Shire horses working on the estate, and speak to the woodsman. Learn more about Edward Austen, one-time owner of Chawton House, and what it meant to be a gentleman landowner. Children’s activities will be available, plus an exhibition in the house. The ground floor of the House will be open, including a display of Edward’s newly-conserved silk suit. Refreshments will be available and the gardens will be open to visitors. Free Entry

Susan Burney (1755-1800) was the third daughter of the music historian and man of letters Dr Charles Burney, and the younger sister, confidante, and soul-mate of the celebrated novelist Frances Burney. Susan’s journals and letters provide a vivid chronicle of her life and times from London and Surrey. The Journals and Letters of Susan Burney: Music and Society in Late EighteenthCentury England contains an extensive selection of annotated extracts from the journals and letters, together with an extended biographical introduction, and makes Susan and her world available for the first time. Copies will be available to purchase at a special discount rate.


10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.


Macmillan Big Coffee Morning

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Ashgate for this event.

All monies raised support the work of Macmillan Cancer Care. The perfect excuse for tea and cakes with friends in spectacular surroundings - all in a good cause.

Tickets: £10 Adults; £7.50 Students / Friends

Free entry with donations for tea and cake.

To book: Visit our shop at

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Events Diary Autumn - Winter 2012-13  

Events at Chawton House Library