The village of Steventon is celebrating the life of Jane Austen on the 200th anniversary of her death with a special Jane Austen Festival held at two different venues in the village.
There will be a history exhibition with photographs and maps of the surrounding area with information about the Victoria County History project in the Village Hall. The highlight of the exhibition is a display of artefacts found by Overton resident, Richard Oram, in the field in which the Rectory where Jane Austen was born originally stood. There will also be an opportunity to buy Debbie Charlton’s new book Archaeology Greets Jane Austen which gives details about the Steventon Rectory project. Weather permitting, walks ‘In the Steps of Jane Austen’ will be led by Richard Tanner at various times. There is also a display of artwork by Lydia Fee and delicious homemade cakes and teas.