2017 will mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death. This exhibition will look at what Petersfield was like in her lifetime. A significant part of Petersfield's history, the Georgian era brought change and development to the little market town.
Petersfield was a well-known staging post on the London to Portsmouth road, and had many coaching inns to accommodate the traffic. This included the military troops passing through on the way to the Napoleonic wars.
There was also building development throughout the town, from the market place to William Jolliffe's Petersfield House. Jane Austen's brother, Henry, opened a bank in Petersfield, and the Case of the Borough of Petersfield in 1820 marked a significant turning point in British democracy.