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Learn about the development of Gothic fiction by the eighteenth-century women writers who created some of our most memorable monsters and villains.

This interactive session (1.5-2 hours), is adaptable to suit different ages and stages, will give students the opportunity to delve a little deeper into an area of Chawton House’s collections or operations. Sessions require minimal preparation, and are run by an experienced member of the Chawton House team. They include a prep sheet (provided in advance where necessary), group activities and discussion, some book handling, and takeaway materials.

Key Information.

Suitable for: KS3, KS4, KS5, Higher

Ages: 11-14, 14-16, Post 16

Subjects: English, History

Topics: Careers, Creative Writing, Elizabethans, Gender Inequality, Jane Austen, Literature, Mary Shelley, Storytelling, Charlotte Brontë, Women’s Rights, Women’s History, Gothic Literature

Type: At Venue

Duration: 1.5 hours

Cost: From £12.50 per student (£150 per workshop)

Dates: Ongoing

Max. Students: 12

SEND: Yes - suitable for students with SEND

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About Chawton House.

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Chawton House is an Elizabethan Manor House in the Hampshire countryside, formerly owned by Jane Austen’s brother Edward. Committed to providing a stimulating and open environment for students at all stages of their educational journey.

From getting to grips with Frankenstein to planning a heritage display, from understanding the garden’s features to learning about Chawton House’s only female squire, there is something for everyone.

Whilst their unique library of women’s writing and their connections to Jane Austen make them a natural home for literature students, their educational packages also aim to inspire a new generation of young people with interests in history; business; the creative, leisure, and heritage industries; and gardens and the environment.

Student groups will be looked after by their dedicated team of experienced house and garden guides, or by members of the curatorial team. Tours, talks and workshops give students an exclusive experience of the atmospheric setting and tangible history that heritage offers.

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