Jane Austen and the Chawton Connection.

An illustrated talk by Richard Knight with Readings by Jacqueline Tong and Music by Helen Coombs.

On Friday 9th March 2018 from 7.00 to 9.00.p.m. In Malmesbury Town Hall.

Richard Knight farms near Cirencester and is a descendent of the Knight family who built Chawton House, Hampshire, in the 16th century. Chawton was inherited by Jane Austen’s brother Edward. Richard is Edward’s great, great, great grandson and inherited Chawton in the late 1980’s. When Jane, her mother and sister Cassandra moved from Bath, Edward provided a home in the village of Chawton. Jane enjoyed the most prolific period of her writing life at Chawton. Richard Knight is freehold owner and trustee of Chawton House which is open to the public and which is also a library and research institute devoted to the works of early women writers.

Tickets: £12.50 per person (Including 1 drink) will be available in the museum from 31st January.

Tickets can also be reserved by telephone - 01666 829258 and you can pay on the night.

Wiltshire at War: A Child's War

An Exhibition on the mezzanine floor from 30th January to 11th March 2018

Using documents and archive images this exhibition looks at the effect of the First World War on the children of Wiltshire; it features fascinating stories about boy soldiers, fundraising, school life, and Scouts.

The exhibition includes information panels with illuminating images, and is the third of five Wiltshire at War exhibitions, which are part of Wiltshire County’s multi-year remembrance of the First World War. Stories have been gathered from all across Wiltshire.