The Society's main aim is to foster the appreciation and study of the work, life and times
of Jane Austen, and the Austen family.
Obituary to Deirdre le Faye
The Jane Austen Society announces with much regret the death of Deirdre le Faye, Vice-President of the Society. A tribute to her may be
displayed via the Latest News link on the left of the screen.
Society 80th Anniversary Celebration
The Jane Austen Society is celebrating its 80th birthday in 2020. Maureen Stiller, the Honorary Secretary
of the Society, discusses the founding of the Society, its achievements, and a birthday gift for Jane Austen's Museum. Select
the Latest News link for full details.
The Society is also making all issues from 1949 to 2018 of its journal, the Annual Report, freely available online.
For further information, see the Latest News page, or select the Annual Reports link for access to the full text of the Reports.
Members gain priority access to Society events, which include our London Study Day, held in the first
quarter of the year, our AGM with guest speaker in Chawton in July, and our 3-day Annual Conference, normally held in September.
The Conference venue changes every year, with links to the author or areas related to the novels.
For reasons linked to the current coronavirus problems, this year's AGM has been cancelled. However, a special on-line event has been arranged
by Chawton House on the afternoon of Saturday 11 July. For full details of the programme, and how to gain access to this event, select the
following link: Chawton House Event
Members also receive two Newsletters per year and our prestigious Annual Report, a scholarly publication
which includes articles on recent research and discoveries, acquisitions at the Museum, a bibliography of new books and
articles, information from sale-rooms, and some illustrations.
Branches and Groups
In addition to the Society's day and weekend conferences, a varied menu of events is offered by Branches
and Groups in Bath and Bristol, Cambridge, Hampshire, Kent, London, the Midlands, the North, Scotland, South West, and counties
adjoining Surrey - the Southern Circle. The active participation of new members is encouraged by the organisers.
For details of how to join the Society, or to inform us of any change of home address or other personal contact details,
please contact our Membership Secretary via the 'How to Join' link on the left of the screen.
New Jane Austen 'Essay Prize'
This competition is inaugurated to promote scholarship on Jane Austen among postgraduate and early career researchers at universities in the United Kingdom,
supported by donations to the Society's Jane Austen 250 Fund.
For details of rules and prizes, and the entry form, select the 'Essay Prize' tab on the left of the screen.
The website is packed with information, so to learn more about Jane Austen's life and works, the Society and its Branches and Groups,
Jane Austen related events nationwide, and a wide range of other activities related to the author regularly added to the Latest News page, please
select the links in the left-hand column.
Full details of the Constitution of the Jane Austen Society may be displayed on screen via the link in the left-hand column.
AGM at Chawton House
Royal Crescent, Bath
Jane Austen's House, Chawton