Jane Austen’s House in Hampshire today launches Jane Austen’s House From Home a suite of online experiences that bring the treasures of Jane Austen’s House directly into the homes of fans across the globe.
Jane Austen’s novels have been a great source of comfort to many during this incredibly difficult year. Although the Museum, set in the house where Austen lived and completed all her novels, has been open to visitors since August, many have remained unable to visit. Now, as restrictions take hold again, Jane Austen’s House hopes to entertain and enlighten fans with Jane Austen’s House From Home this winter.
Accessible via the Jane Austen’s House website, Jane Austen’s House From Home will allow, for the first time, visitors to explore Jane Austen’s House virtually via a 360° tour. Fans will be transported to the picturesque red-brick country cottage in the small Hampshire village of Chawton, where they can follow in Jane Austen’s footsteps, including visiting the small, unassuming 12-sided walnut table where she wrote and revised all her novels. This brand-new tour includes detailed information for each scene, and audio to bring the experience to life. The virtual tour was created by Pan 3Sixty Limited, working with illustrator James Robinson.
Not wanting to leave out younger visitors, also included in the Jane Austen’s House From Home suite is a 360° Cat’s Eye Audio Tour for families, allowing little ones to explore Jane Austen’s Garden under the expert guidance of the Museum cat!
Additionally, two virtual exhibitions are included in the suite: Jane Austen’s Artful Letters, exploring the importance of letters in Jane Austen’s life and work and A Choice Collection of Curiosities, a witty exploration of Jane Austen’s Teenage self and writings, through objects in the Museum collection.
Collections and Interpretation Manager Sophie Reynolds says: “With Museum visits much reduced in the face of the global pandemic, our new Jane Austen’s House From Home resources make Jane Austen’s House accessible to people around the world from the comfort and safety of their own homes. We hope that fans of Jane Austen will love exploring our virtual tour and that families will enjoy following the Museum Cat around the gardens – learning about Jane Austen as they go! There are also online exhibitions to discover and an online Gift Shop! Of course, a visit to our Jane Austen’s House From Home does not replace the magic of a trip to the House itself, but we hope that it will keep our dedicated and passionate audience happy until they are ready and able to visit in person.”
In addition to Jane Austen’s House From Home, fans are able to enjoy online events from Jane Austen’s House including the recently launched Austen Wednesdays series premiering monthly on YouTube and a virtual tea party hosted online in celebration of Jane Austen’s birthday on 16th December. For all events details, please visit: https://janeaustens.house/visit/whats-on/
Jane Austen’s House remains open to visitors for pre-booked entry, Thursday – Sunday each week. Jane Austen’s House From Home was made possible by the generous support of Art Fund.