A Life in Hampshire

THIS year marks the 200th anniversary of the death of beloved British author Jane Austen.

In celebration of her incredible life, the Hampshire Cultural Trust has established a year-long program packed with exhibitions, talks, walks and writing competitions.

A highlight of the celebrations is The Mysterious Miss Austen exhibition which opens on the 13th of May and runs until the 24th of July. Held at The Gallery in the Winchester Discover Centre, the exhibition explores Jane’s life, work and her relationship with Hampshire, her birthplace.

The exhibition will see five portraits of Jane housed under the one roof for the first time including two works from the National Portrait Gallery in London and three from private collections — one of which has not been seen in public for more than two decades.

Additionally, fans will also be able to follow in the footsteps of Austen, taking in her home in Chawton and the sights and sounds which first inspired her works Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility, before paying homage to her at her final resting place in Winchester.

n The full schedule of events can be found at