Clio from Chawton House – Tatty Devine

Dearest readers, we’re thrilled to notify you that our most up-to-date collaboration, Tatty Devine X Chawton Property has coaxed the internal Janeite out of each and every and each member of Crew Tatty. Forget the tattlings of Girl Whistledown, we’re heading straight to the oracle: give a regency wave to Clio O’Sullivan, lover of literature and Communications and General public Engagement Supervisor at Chawton Home! From key scandals to all the Jane Austen relevant information and the background of Chawton Home, be part of us for the inside scoop now!

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As with any terrific property, its record is chequered with each and every subsequent technology producing their personal alterations and additions. That’s why it has such a unique form with rooms and staircases top to unpredicted sites! The Residence came into the Knight relatives in the 1500s whilst not always passing right from father to son. As a result the Austen connection – Jane’s older brother inherited the Chawton estate from distant childless relatives with the stipulation he improve his surname to Knight.

Edward gave the aged bailiff’s cottage in the village to his mother and sisters in which to live lease absolutely free. In the 1990s American entrepreneur Sandy Lerner acquired the lease from the Knight family members and thoroughly restored Chawton Household, which experienced somewhat fallen into a condition of disrepair. She amassed a big collection of early modern women’s creating and integrated the charity, Chawton Home Library, into a centre of eighteenth-century exploration. Sandy stepped away from Chawton Household in 2016 and as well as remaining a put for researchers, we also grew to become a beloved heritage internet site with Home, Gardens and Parkland open up to the community for site visitors to delight in all calendar year round.

What is your favorite aspect of this detailed building? 

I genuinely do enjoy the Oak Home, which would have been the females withdrawing room in Jane Austen’s working day. As such, we have hung portraits that replicate this perception of a woman coterie, displaying artists, writers and actresses, such as my favorite portrait, Mary Robinson. It has breathtaking sights of the Gardens and distant Parkland and in accordance to Knight family members legend is exactly where Jane Austen employed to sit in the examining alcove.

 Clio in the examining alcove in the Oak Home.


Do you have enjoyment historic details about Chawton?

If you search very carefully, you will find witch marks carved on different points of entry all through the dwelling: about doorways, by fireplaces, on bannisters. These may possibly glance like careless scratches but essentially offer you defense versus evil spirits.


As a postgraduate investigation pupil studying English, being surrounded by the ideal feminist library we have ever observed must be so fascinating. What initially drew you to Chawton Property?


The library for positive! The collection offered all the things I desired and additional even though investigating for my masters in eighteenth-century literature at Southampton, such as diaries, manuscripts and some novels observed nowhere else in the planet. Whilst there, I used for their reside-in internship programme and acquired to remain onsite for six months, which was just magical. Just after that they asked me to stay on in a temporary position and seven several years later here I however am! It is definitely been the generating of me.  


It’s been a dream for us to collaborate with you on a collection, what is your favorite piece and why?


Definitely the Jane Austen Bookshelf Necklace – it’s the final statement piece for any bibliophile. It is so attractive and the wood back again gives so much depth to all the diverse coloured textbooks featured, plus it claims Chawton on it!


You lately curated an exhibition at Chawton Property, A Costume of Activity, on the lookout at clothes worn for workout in the Georgian and Regency intervals, what was the stand out star you highlighted in the exhibit?


You are all no strangers to unconventional equipment at Tatty Devine so I would say the pattens from the early 1800s. These are clumsy platforms, nailed to an iron ring to give women a little bit of elevation, meant to secure their footwear and hems from filth. Jane Austen wore a pair and referred to “the ceaseless clink of pattens” in her novel Persuasion.



Pattens c.1800s, on mortgage to Chawton Household from the Hampshire Cultural Rely on

As qualified Jane-ites, we’ve taken a closer glimpse at repeated Chawton visitor Jane Austen’s get the job done in our assortment. You have an approaching function about the scandals of Austen’s household – is there any gossip you can share with us?
That is proper, I’m speaking on all things scandalous as portion of Alton’s Jane Austen Regency 7 days in June. I will not give also a lot absent but let’s just say there was a little bit of a to-do when Jane Austen’s nephew ran off to Gretna Inexperienced for a hasty marriage! 

Is there everything else fascinating coming up at Chawton that we just require to know about?
I’m so fired up for our summertime season of out of doors theatre! We have some excellent organizations coming to Chawton Residence for a single-off performances, starting off with the Handlebard’s Twelfth Night on June 15, followed by The Lord Chamberlain’s Guys carrying out As You Like it on July 14. Then the hilarious The Worth of Being Earnest on July 26 ahead of closing with Satisfaction and Prejudice on September 4.

The Lord Chamberlain’s Adult men undertaking out of doors theatre on the South Garden at Chawton Dwelling.


All set for some quickfire questions…


Favorite Jane Austen e book? 


P&P if I want a chuckle, Persuasion if I’m emotion sentimental.


Which inspirational girls should really we be subsequent? 


Rupi Kaur’s poetry is always a supply of inspiration to me and Jameela Jamil’s candid championing of women’s rights is the two insightful and at occasions hilarious.


Bonnets, yay or nay?


Why quit at bonnets?! I say yay to all historic hat dress in – I even wore a Regency Casqua a la Minerve to my cousin’s marriage ceremony!

On it like a bonnet!

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Thanks for chatting with us Clio, you are a correct historical hero and your style in headwear is dare we say, beautiful! Store our NEW collaboration with Chawton Dwelling on-line and in-store now.