Clio from Chawton House – Tatty Devine

Mark A. Carlson


Dearest audience, we are thrilled to inform you that our most up-to-date collaboration, Tatty Devine X Chawton House has coaxed the internal Janeite out of every and each individual member of Team Tatty. Ignore the tattlings of Lady Whistledown, we are heading straight to the oracle: give a regency wave to Clio O’Sullivan, lover of literature and Communications and Public Engagement Manager at Chawton Residence! From top secret scandals to all the Jane Austen linked specifics and the heritage of Chawton Home, sign up for us for the within scoop now!

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Sharing stories of amazing females!


As with any good residence, its historical past is chequered with each and every subsequent generation producing their very own alterations and additions. Which is why it has these kinds of a exceptional form with rooms and staircases primary to unexpected areas! The House came into the Knight spouse and children in the 1500s though not usually passing immediately from father to son. As a result the Austen relationship – Jane’s older brother inherited the Chawton estate from distant childless family members with the stipulation he improve his surname to Knight.

Edward gave the previous bailiff’s cottage in the village to his mother and sisters in which to are living rent totally free. In the 1990s American entrepreneur Sandy Lerner purchased the lease from the Knight spouse and children and entirely restored Chawton Residence, which experienced fairly fallen into a point out of disrepair. She amassed a massive selection of early fashionable women’s writing and integrated the charity, Chawton Residence Library, into a centre of eighteenth-century exploration. Sandy stepped absent from Chawton House in 2016 and as well as remaining a position for researchers, we also turned a beloved heritage web-site with Property, Gardens and Parkland open to the public for site visitors to delight in all yr round.

What is your favorite component of this stated developing? 

I definitely do love the Oak Space, which would have been the females withdrawing area in Jane Austen’s working day. As these types of, we have hung portraits that mirror this feeling of a woman coterie, exhibiting artists, writers and actresses, such as my favourite portrait, Mary Robinson. It has breathtaking views of the Gardens and distant Parkland and in accordance to Knight relatives legend is where by Jane Austen made use of to sit in the looking at alcove.

 Clio in the studying alcove in the Oak Place.


Do you have enjoyable historical points about Chawton?

If you glance diligently, you’ll find witch marks carved on many points of entry through the property: above doorways, by fireplaces, on bannisters. These might appear like careless scratches but basically provide security versus evil spirits.


As a postgraduate research university student researching English, becoming surrounded by the most effective feminist library we have ever observed must be so thrilling. What initial drew you to Chawton Household?


The library for sure! The collection provided almost everything I desired and far more whilst researching for my masters in eighteenth-century literature at Southampton, which includes diaries, manuscripts and some novels found nowhere else in the globe. Even though there, I applied for their stay-in internship programme and got to continue to be onsite for 6 months, which was just magical. Soon after that they requested me to remain on in a short-term part and 7 many years afterwards right here I even now am! It is actually been the building of me.  


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


Definitely the Jane Austen Bookshelf Necklace – it’s the best statement piece for any bibliophile. It is so lovely and the picket back again offers so a great deal depth to all the diverse coloured textbooks highlighted, plus it states Chawton on it!


You a short while ago curated an exhibition at Chawton House, A Costume of Activity, looking at outfits worn for exercising in the Georgian and Regency durations, what was the stand out star you highlighted in the show?


You are all no strangers to strange accessories at Tatty Devine so I would say the pattens from the early 1800s. These are clumsy platforms, nailed to an iron ring to give ladies a bit of elevation, supposed to defend their shoes 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 bank loan to Chawton Dwelling from the Hampshire Cultural Belief

As certified Jane-ites, we have taken a nearer look at regular Chawton customer Jane Austen’s operate in our assortment. You have an future function about the scandals of Austen’s relatives – is there any gossip you can share with us?
That is appropriate, I’m speaking on all items scandalous as section of Alton’s Jane Austen Regency 7 days in June. I will not give as well considerably absent but let’s just say there was a little bit of a to-do when Jane Austen’s nephew ran off to Gretna Eco-friendly for a hasty marriage! 

Is there just about anything else interesting coming up at Chawton that we just need to have to know about?
I’m so energized for our summer time period of out of doors theatre! We have some excellent firms coming to Chawton Home for a single-off performances, starting with the Handlebard’s Twelfth Night on June 15, followed by The Lord Chamberlain’s Adult males executing As You Like it on July 14. Then the hilarious The Great importance of Remaining Earnest on July 26 right before closing with Pride and Prejudice on September 4.

The Lord Chamberlain’s Gentlemen undertaking outdoor theatre on the South Lawn at Chawton Home.


Completely ready for some quickfire questions…


Favorite Jane Austen book? 


P&P if I want a giggle, Persuasion if I’m sensation sentimental.


Which inspirational ladies should we be subsequent? 


Rupi Kaur’s poetry is normally 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 prevent at bonnets?! I say yay to all historical hat put on – 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 true historic hero and your style in headwear is dare we say, beautiful! Shop our NEW collaboration with Chawton Home on line and in-store now. 


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