Educating Boys and Girls in Jane Austen’s England 1775-1817 

24 April –  21 August 2017

This exhibition is a collaboration with Chawton House Library and explores the differences between girls’ and boys’ education in Georgian England.

The classical education offered to boys at public schools like Winchester College was different, in many respects, from the teaching of girls in this period. Nonetheless, Jane Austen, and other girls from her background, sometimes had the opportunity to study academic subjects including history, geography and foreign languages, alongside genteel pursuits such as drawing, music and needlework. Austen's lifetime was a period of great debate about the value of female education. There was increasing concern at the shortcomings of girls' schools, and some reformers began to suggest that girls should receive the same kind of education as boys. The exhibition will include Austen family music books, Latin grammar books that belonged to Jane Austen’s nephews who were educated at Winchester College and a poem in the author’s own hand.

Admission: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 2-4pm.
Admission is by timed ticket that must be booked in advance online via the website or in person at Kingsgate Books and Prints, located under Kingsgate Arch (view location map).

For group visits please contact Rachel Wragg, Curator of Treasury.
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Jane Austen Poem

    Poem written in Jane Austen's hand

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