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Treasures returned from America

30 Mar 2019

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Address: Jane Austen's House Museum, Winchester Road, Chawton, Hampshire GU34 1SD
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Two of the Museum’s prized Jane Austen objects were contributed by American collectors. In 1949, Alberta H. Burke made a dramatic public gift of a lock of Jane’s hair. In 1975, Charles Beecher Hogan presented the topaz crosses that had belonged to Jane and Cassandra.

Drawing on new research, Juliette Wells will share the stories of these two American ‘Janeites’ and the very different circumstances of their donations.

Juliette Wells is the Elizabeth Conolly Todd Distinguished Professor of English at Goucher College (USA). She is the author of two histories of Jane Austen’s readers: Reading Austen in America (2017) and Everybody’s Jane: Austen in the Popular Imagination (2011), both published by Bloomsbury Academic. For Penguin Classics, she created 200th-anniversary annotated editions of Austen’s novels Persuasion (2017) and Emma (2015).

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Jane Austen’s House Museum is an historic property with low doorways and uneven surfaces underfoot.

The ground floor and outbuildings at the Museum are fully accessible and have an accessible WC with baby changing facilities.

Unfortunately, the upstairs of the main house is currently only accessible by climbing an historic wooden staircase.

Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the Museum.

Disabled parking is available, please ask in the shop for assistance or telephone 01420 832 62 on arrival.

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Tickets: £12 + booking fee (excludes Museum admission)

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The talk starts at 2.00pm