Officially opened by HRH The Earl of Wessex on the 18th May, this exhibition will look at the author’s work, life and relationship to Hampshire, the county that provided inspiration for her novels.
The centrepiece of The Mysterious Miss Austen will be five portraits of Jane together under one roof for the very first time, including one from a private collection which has not been seen in public for more than 40 years. Of the handful of items that survive today which actually belonged to Jane and can be traced directly back to her, on show will be her silk pelisse coat, purse and sewing materials case.
Other treasures include the manuscript of an alternative ending to Persuasion in her own hand, while Grayson Perry’s Jane Austen in E17 ceramic is evidence of her lasting legacy and influence on the arts. A guided tour, Jane Austen's Winchester, leaves from outside the Discovery Centre most Saturday afternoons during the exhibition.