Jane Austen artefacts
Austen Artefacts to be Exhibited in Hampshire.
A variety of Jane Austen artefacts will be displayed at the Willis Museum in Hampshire as part of an exhibition opening in January 2016.
The museum in Basingstoke will display the author’s portable writing desk, spectacles and a manuscript of one of her earlier works, ‘The History of England’, which was written when Austen was 15 and illustrated by her sister Cassandra.
The opening of the exhibition marks the beginning of Jane Austen 200, a county wide cultural event which marks the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death with a range of events and activities taking place in museums and art venues.
Basingstoke MP Maria Miller visited the British Library to request the loan of the items. Speaking about the exhibition, Miller said: “Jane Austen was born and lived in Basingstoke and yet she is rarely associated with the town. It is only right that in the run up to 2017, 200 years since her death, Basingstoke celebrates its connection with this outstanding author. A permanent memorial and a living tribute to Jane in Basingstoke is also long overdue. Basingstoke should celebrate its most famous daughter, the world's foremost and finest novelist."
Janet Owen, chief executive of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: “It will be a fantastic coup for Hampshire, to bring some of Jane Austen’s most important possessions back to the place where she lived and worked. Our aim is to bring the best items and exhibits from across the world to Hampshire, complementing the amazing home-grown arts and culture we have on our doorstep."
For further information, visit http://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk
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