Exhibitions and other Events

Exhibition on Sanditon and the Austen-Leighs, King’s College, Cambridge

On the morning of Friday, 31 March, delegates will have the opportunity to visit the Library of King’s College, Cambridge. King’s College owns the manuscript of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel Sanditon. It was given to King’s in 1930 by Jane Austen’s great-great niece Mary Isabella Lefroy in memory of her sister Florence, and Florence’s husband the late Provost Augustus Austen-Leigh, another relation (a great-nephew) of Jane. As well as the manuscript and history of its publication, this exhibition will include College archival records about the Austen-Leighs, and early and interesting editions of other Jane Austen books from the Library’s Gilson, Warren and Thackeray collections.

Alongside Sanditon, the manuscript of her niece Anna Lefroy’s continuation of the novel, which is in private ownership, will be on display. This is the first time that these two manuscripts will have been exhibited together.

Exhibition in Cambridge University Library – Jane Austen: Letters and Readers: Tuesday, 28 March – Saturday, 8 April

 The University Library will be hosting a public display in its Entrance Hall to coincide with the conference. It will bring together Jane Austen’s letters held in Cambridge collections. Alongside these letters will be other items from the University Library and in particular from the collection of Austen’s bibliographer Geoffrey Keynes, including first editions of novels and association copies

Exhibition in the English Faculty, Cambridge – Jane Austen’s Sanditon – 200 years: the history of an unfinished workTuesday, 21 February- Monday, 3 April

The English Faculty in Cambridge will display material tracing the public life and textual forms of Sanditon, from James Edward Austen-Leigh’s reference to the work in his Memoir of his aunt (1871), through to the first published edition (1925), the first facsimile edition (1975) and other continued, illustrated and translated editions, up to digital text. The items in this display are on loan from the University Library, Cambridge and also from David Gilson’s collection at King’s College, Cambridge.

Evening performance, ‘Jane Austen at Home’, Wednesday, 29 March

This is a one-woman show, consisting entirely of Jane Austen’s words from her memoirs, letters, juvenilia, poetry and novels, through which she observes the social life of English county families.

‘Jane Austen at Home’ was commissioned in 2013 to celebrate the re-opening of Moggerhanger House, near Bedford. The house was designed by Sir John Soane, a contemporary of Jane Austen. Since then it has been performed in numerous venues in the UK, from country house drawing-rooms to Chawton House Library. It is devised and directed by Stephen Siddall.


Image: King’s College, Cambridge. Photo credit: Sir Cam. Copyright: University of Cambridge.