We started the day in Winchester Cathedral, for a talk on Jane’s life, her family and her connections with Hampshire. Jane is buried in the Cathedral and there is a memorial to her adjacent to her grave. The new £5 note which bears her portrait was launched there earlier this year. During the visit we walked through the Close to the house where she spent her final days. There was time in Winchester for lunch, shopping and further exploration before leaving to visit her home in Chawton – now the Jane Austen House Museum. The rooms there are decorated and furnished as they would have been in Jane’s day and contain many items of memorabilia including the tiny table where she wrote many of her books and her turquoise and gold ring.
It was an early morning start on April 26th. for those members who travelled by coach to visit Hampton Court. It was a fascinating and informative day,well planned and well led by our two very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides. The early start ensured that we had plenty of time to view the Palace. Continue reading “Members Visit to Hampton Court”→
Thanks to everyone who supported The Boldre Hoard Campaign
Work has begun to conserve and interpret 1,608 Roman coins from the 3rd Century that were discovered buried in an original pottery vessel in a field near Warborne Farm in the New Forest in 2014. Continue reading “The Boldre Hoard”→