Jane Austen, one of the world's most famous authors, spent most of her life in the historic and beautiful county of Hampshire. Its houses, countryside and people provided the inspiration for many of her novels.
2017 marked the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, and Hampshire Cultural Trust came together with Jane Austen’s House Museum and many other partners across the county to celebrate Jane’s creativity and talent.
The year was packed with a collaborative programme of exhibitions, talks, walks, writing competitions and performances, press coverage of which ranged from local to international news.
This website now serves as an online record of this highly successful year, as well as celebrating Jane’s legacy and her life in Hampshire.
Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 in the village of Steventon near Basingstoke.
Jane went to school in Southampton having moved there after a short period in Oxford.
Jane decides to write for profit and become a professional writer.
Work is completed on the first draft of First Impressions.
Sense & Sensibility is accepted for publishing by Thomas Egerton.
Jane died on 18 July 1817 at 41 and is buried in Winchester Cathedral.
Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced and the inconvenience is often considerable.
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
Facts or opinions which are to pass through the hands of so many, to be misconceived by folly in one, and ignorance in another, can hardly have much truth left
One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other