Like all museums around the world, Chawton House has had to close its doors during the COVID-19 pandemic – and like all of those places that so many of us love and visit regularly, Chawton House is dependent upon visitor fees, those now sadly lost. In order to remain on track and continue to offer its grand historic house and gardens to visit, a place to study early women writers, a place for exhibitions and lectures, a place to have tea!, Chawton House needs your support.
Their Emergency Appeal runs from April 20, 2020 through June 20, 2020:
“Donate today to help make sure Chawton House keeps going through closure, stages a vibrant digital programme to inspire and entertain thousands of people staying at home, and re-open to welcome visitors later in 2020.”
You can read more here, where you will find the list of donation perks: https://chawtonhouse.org/covid-19-appeal/
You can follow the daily updates and what’s on offer:
Missing shopping? Be sure to visit their new online shop (Bonnets to die for!): https://chawtonhouse.org/shop/
Watch for online exhibitions and talks: already they have launched Man Up! – about women who stepped into a man’s world (think dueling, gambling, soldiering, acting, pirating!) – a podcast is also available – https://chawtonhouse.org/the-library/library-collections/man-up-online-exhibition/introduction/
Coming up is their Lockdown Literary Festival planned for May 15-17, 2020.
And great news is the soon-to-be relaunch of the Chawton House newsletter, The Female Spectator. Stay tuned for that!
AND, you can participate in their online Forums: the Poetry Challenge and their Reading Group.
For all our North American Friends of Chawton House, we too have a special initiative to spur on support: our very own Celebrity Jane! A must-have limited edition bobble-head of our dear Jane in full Rock & Roll garb, for anyone who donates $250 or more and while supplies last.
You can donate here: https://www.nafch.org/give-join
For your donation of $250 or more, the USPS will happily deliver Celebrity Jane to your door – and we’d like to ask that you send us a picture (or two or more!) of CJ in your house, in your garden, on your bookshelves, playing with your dog (or cat), participating in your latest Zoom gathering, really anything you can think of that shows CJ as part of your daily life (if only she could cook!)
Trooper loves Celebrity Jane (and NO! I am not a PUG!)
[Please email your photos to Kerri Spennicchia, a.k.a. CJ’s publicist on the NAFCH executive Board: spennke [at] gmail.com] – [additional photos on our facebook page and the website].
You can follow us on social media as well, where we are showcasing CJ in all manner of places and situations, with hearty thanks to our generous donors: Be part of the story!
Start your collection today! If “Celebrity Jane 2020” proves popular, then you may expect another limited edition “Bobble-head Jane” in 2021 and beyond. Hopefully our special limited-edition Janes will prove such outrageously popular collectibles that this leads to an annual fundraiser/giveaway campaign.
We thank you for your support! Chawton House is a very special place – let’s keep it that way…
Mellichamp painting of Chawton House, c1740; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
©2020 Jane Austen in Vermont