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A life in Hampshire

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of the universally admired author, Jane Austen. Hampshire Cultural Trust is staging five exhibitions across the county to celebrate her creativity and talent…

Jane and the Alton Apothecary
3rd June – 20th August

Allen Gallery, Church Street, Alton, GU34 2BW
Admission: Free

In the early stages of her illness, Jane was treated by William Curtis, a qualified apothecary in Alton. His story offers a fascinating insight into the role played by members of this ancient profession within their local communities, and this exhibition reveals a little-known chapter in the life of an author who achieved immortality through some of the most beloved works in world literature.


The Mysterious Miss Austen
13th May – 24th July

The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, SO23 8SB

Admission: Free

Presented in partnership with Jane Austen’s House Museum, this landmark exhibition will explore the intriguing question – who is Jane Austen? – looking at the author’s work, life and relationship to Hampshire, the county that provided inspiration for her novels.


Jane Austen in Basingstoke. Retail and Romance: Jane goes to the Ball
29th July – 7th October

The Sainsbury Gallery at the Willis Museum, Basingstoke, RG21 7QD

Admission: Free

Visitors to this exhibition may be surprised to learn that Jane Austen knew the town of Basingstoke well and attended dances in its Assembly Rooms.  Austen wrote about the world she knew, and that most definitely included how one behaved at a ball, what one wore and what one ate – the gentry, the gowns and the gossip will all be explored in this exhibition.


The Navy at the Time of Jane Austen: Fighting, Flirting and Fortune
15th July – 20th September

Gosport Gallery, Gosport Discovery Centre, Gosport, PO12 1NS

Admission: Free

In her later novels, Jane Austen describes a new type of hero, one who has made his own fortune through hard work and intelligence. Fittingly on display at the port of Gosport, this exhibition looks at the danger and the drama as well as the entertaining and social life aboard ship, through her novels, letters and contemporary accounts.


Jane’s Winchester: Malady and Medicine
13th May – 24th July

City Space, Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, SO23 8SB
Admission: Free

Jane Austen arrived in Winchester on 24th May 1817 to receive treatment for her illness. This exhibition offers a vivid snapshot of the city in that fateful year: the sights and sounds she would have experienced, the hospitals and doctors that treated her, the friends and family who comforted her.

Plus, this year’s Jane Austen Regency Week in Alton and Chawton takes place from 17 June to 25th June. For more information on any of these events, visit: www.janeausten200.co.uk

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, and Meon Valley