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No 47

Autumn 2016

A lively bi-annual publication mailed to members in the spring and autumn, detailing recent and forthcoming Society and regional events, together with articles, letters, book reviews and advertisements.

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All other enquiries about the Society (not related to advertising or publications) should be directed to the Honorary Secretary, 20 Parsonage Road, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9JG, or by e-mail to

Issue No 47 of the Newsletter includes the following:

  • Obituary to the late Dom Nicholas Seymour, Monk of Alton Abbey from the 1980s, who died earlier this year in July.

  • Review of the Society AGM at Chawton in July, including a reference to the full text of the afternoon talk by Amanda Vickery on the subject of all-female households in Austen's novels.

  • Brief report on the visit to the above AGM by Northern Branch members.

  • Review of a Northern Branch event arranged within the Hull UK City of Culture programme in May 2017.

  • Diary of Events currently organised for 2017 by Branches and Groups in the UK, plus relevant contact details.

  • Extensive review of the excellent Jane Austen Study Day held in Senate House, London, in February 2016.

  • Report by our Membership Secretary on the significant improvement in the accuracy of the membership database over the past two years, together with details of some minor changes to her record system.

  • Full details of the forthcoming Society Study Day in February 2017, including the various options for the application for tickets.

  • Overview of activities at Jane Austen's House Museum, with a special emphasis on their approach to both its contents and the presentation of items on display.

  • Brief report (and photograph) on the recent renovation of the tomb of William Austen (father of the Reverend George Austen) in the Tonbridge Church of St Peter and St Paul. The innovation of a glass cover for the tomb provides a full view of the inscription for visitors.

  • Report on the 2016 AGM of the Alliance of Literary Societies, held this year at Haworth Parsonage to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Bronte.

  • Latest developments on the excavation project at the site of Steventon parsonage, including details of a publication next year providing full details of this ten-year project.

  • Book Reviews:
      Steventon, by Jean Morrin (University of London Institute of Historical Research), £12 plus £2 p&p.
      Making Georgian & Regency Costumes for Women, by Lindsey Holmes (Crowood Press).
      Mr Darcy in Love & Other Jane Austen Studies, by Ivor Morris (Sarsen Press), £12.99.
      Jane Austen's Kent, by Terry Townsend (Halsgrove), £16.99.

  • Request from two Jane Austen enthusiasts resident in Calgary, Alberta in Western Canada, to Jane Austen Society members to communicate with them on any aspects of their interest in Jane Austen and her novels.