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Jane Austen 200

Arguably one of the world's most famous authors, Jane Austen spent most of her life in the historic and beautiful county of Hampshire. 2017 will mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and Hampshire Cultural Trust is working with Jane Austen’s House Museum and many other partners across the county to commemorate Jane’s creativity and talent.
Jane passed away whilst visiting the city of Winchester in Hampshire, in 1817 and was buried in the city’s famous cathedral.The likes of Winchester Discovery CentreGosport Gallery, The Chesil Theatre, Willis Museum, Chawton House Library and more will be hosting events throughout 2017. 

Jane Austen's life in brief

1775
Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 in the village of Steventon near Basingstoke.

1783
Jane went to school in Southampton having moved there after a short period in Oxford.

1790
Jane decides to write for profit and become a professional writer.

1797
Work is completed on the first draft of First Impressions.

1810
Sense & Sensibility is accepted for publishing by Thomas Egerton.

1817
Jane died on 18 July 1817 at 41 and she is buried in Winchester Cathedral.

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Sitting with Jane - BookBench Public Art Trail

Sitting with Jane - BookBench Public Art Trail

‘Sitting With Jane’ is a Jane Austen inspired sculpture trail. The sculptures are all benches, shaped like an open book, and each is uniquely...

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  1. Add Fickle Fortunes: Jane Austen and Germaine de Staël to your Itinerary

    Fickle Fortunes: Jane Austen and Germaine de Staël

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Location

    Alton

    Dates

    From:
    12 Jun 2017To24 Sep 2017

    July 1817 saw two deaths: Jane Austen, at the time, was an English novelist with a solid but relatively modest success. Germaine de Staël was a long-standing superstar of pan-European intellectual, political and literary life.

  2. Sitting with Jane - BookBench Public Art Trail

    Type

    Literature

    Location

    Basingstoke

    Dates

    From:
    17 Jun 2017To31 Aug 2017

    Sitting With Jane’ is a Jane Austen inspired sculpture trail. The sculptures are all benches, shaped like an open book, and each is uniquely designed and painted by a professional artist in a style inspired by Jane Austen’s life and times in Basingstoke, Steventon and the surrounding area.

  3. Add Jane Austen 200 Exhibition - Gosport Gallery to your Itinerary

    Jane Austen 200 Exhibition - Gosport Gallery

    Type

    Exhibition

    Location

    Gosport

    Dates

    From:
    15 Jul 2017To20 Sep 2017

    The exhibition will focus on Jane’s family, her brothers and the family’s connection to South Hampshire. It will also explore her brother’s connection to the Royal Navy and the Napoleonic Wars.

  4. Add Jane Austen 200 Exhibition - Willis Museum to your Itinerary

    Jane Austen 200 Exhibition - Willis Museum

    Type

    Exhibition

    Location

    Market Place, Basingstoke

    Dates

    From:
    29 Jul 2017To7 Oct 2017

    This exhibition will focus on Jane’s life, work and her relationship to Hampshire. It will explore the social life of her time as described in her letters and writings and examine her world of entertainment, dancing, music and shopping.