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6.30 p.m. drinks reception for 7.00 p.m. demonstration Evening Demonstration: Caroline Baker - ‘Picture Perfect: Conserving Paintings at Chawton House Library’

10.30 a.m. Tea, coffee and cakes for an 11.00 a.m. start Morning Talk & Optional Garden Tour : Rosamund Wallinger – ‘Gertrude Jekyll; Artist, Writer and Gardener’

Conservator Caroline Baker discusses her recent survey work on the beautiful collection of art at Chawton House Library. Using slideshows, close-ups, and demonstrations of conservation techniques, this is a rare opportunity to get close to some notable artworks and learn more about the artists, the care of these paintings, and examples of what can be achieved through conservation. Learn which young Austen scribbled on one of our landscapes; what is meant by ‘craquelure’; and where on a painting you might find a ‘cleavage’… A privileged look at significant works, not to be missed.

Having spent over 28 years researching and lovingly restoring one of the most important Edwardian gardens in the country - namely her own, which was designed by Gertrude Jekyll, Rosalind Wallinger is a noted expert on the life and work of this remarkable woman. Described by The Times as “something of a legend”, Rosamund Wallinger lectures both in the UK and abroad, and her new book Gertrude Jekyll; Her Art Restored at Upton Grey is soon to be published. The Head Gardener will be on hand to show people the gardens after the talk, weather permitting.

Tickets: Adults £10; Students / Friends £7.50 Members of the Art Fund can attend at the discounted rate.

Tickets: Adults £7.50; Students / Friends £6.50






3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Half Term Hallowe’en: Mystery Manor! Get mysterious with mask-making and a weird walk around our ‘Mystery Manor’. Suitable for very young children. Children £5 - all children must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adults are free of charge, additional adults £5.00 each. Booking essential. Refreshments available to purchase.

10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.


Study Day: Dr Abigail Williams - ‘The Cheerful Companion’: Eighteenth-Century Poetic Miscellanies This interactive study day will explore the varied world of eighteenthcentury poetic miscellanies, popular collections of verse, prose and music that were the main way in which ordinary people consumed literature in contemporary society. With titles ranging from Laugh and be Fat to Elegant Extracts (read in Jane Austen’s Emma), these collections provided something for everyone. This study day will include a series of short talks and interactive sessions. Tickets: £35; Students £28. Includes refreshments and buffet lunch.

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Events Diary Autumn - Winter 2012-13  

Events at Chawton House Library