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Jane Austen 200: Celebration and commemoration

Winchester marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death with events across the city. Jane lived in Hampshire, writing in Chawton, and came to Winchester for the final few weeks before her death in the city in 1817. From exhibitions and talks to street performance, Austen fans have plenty to enjoy.

Find out more about Jane’s life and work at an exhibition by Hampshire Cultural Trust and Jane Austen’s House Museum at Winchester Discovery Centre. See Jane’s pelisse coat, first editions of her work, personal letters and a collection of portraits up close in The Gallery. 01962 873603 www.hants.gov.uk/wdc

See Jane’s last novel adapted to portray the lost loves of both the author and her heroine, Anne Elliot, in Persuasion at Chesil Theatre from 15 to 22 July. Meet Jane in her last days as she transmutes her own ill-fated love affair into a bittersweet tale of loneliness and longing. www.chesiltheatre.org.uk

Explore the differences between girls’ and boys’ education in Jane Austen’s England at a special exhibition at The Treasury at Winchester College in collaboration with Chawton House Library. Find out more about a period of great debate about the value of female education. 01962 814638 www.treasury.winchestercollege.org.uk

Join Natural Theatre Company on a highly entertaining promenade performance though Winchester – a who’s who, what’s what and this-and-that of Jane Austen’s life and works.

The award-winning company comes to the streets of Winchester to explore the literary life, creative ideas and adventures of Jane Austen around the city streets on 16 and 17 September. 01962 840 440 www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

Enjoy the Jane Austen exhibition at Winchester Cathedral beside Jane’s grave which  tells the story of her life in Hampshire: her birth and childhood in Steventon, her writing and life in Chawton, and her final few weeks and death in Winchester.

The exhibition is open during Cathedral visiting hours. Cathedral admission fees apply. 01962 857275 www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk

For full details of Jane Austen events in Winchester visit www.janeausten200.co.uk

 

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