The two hundredth anniversary of one of Jane Austen's most famous novels is being celebrated in Hampshire. The author, who was born in Steventon a few miles from Abingdon in Oxfordshire, wrote 'Emma' in the village of Chawton near Alton. A special exhibition is being held at Chawton House library.
Emma at 200: from English Village to Global Appeal, opens today and marks the novel's global appeal and its enduring popularity.
Items on show include an English first edition of the novel, a first edition from America and a first French translation - both published in 1816. The story has featured on television and film, as well as being adapted to a modern day setting as the inspiration for a Hollywood film.
The exhibition continues at Chawton House Library until Sunday 25th September.
More details here.
Hampshire Police are investigating a fatal collision involving three vehicles. The accident happened on the A31 southbound between the Chawton roundabout and Four Marks Village last night.
The emergency services were called to the scene at 6.52pm. One man died at the scene. A man and a woman are in hospital with minor injuries.
The road was closed in both directions until the early hours of this morning.
A ring, once owned by Jane Austen is going on display for the first time at her former home at Chawton in Hampshire.
The ring was bought by American singer Kelly Clarkson at auction, but an export ban meant it couldn't leave the country.
An anonymous donor then gave 100 thousand pounds to buy the ring back. ITV Meridian spoke to Curator Mary Guyatt.
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice has reached a two century landmark.
It is two hundred years since the author's famous work was first seen in print.
The original book is still extremely popular and has been estimated to sell up to 50,000 copies each year in the UK - all this despite the numerous on-screen adaptations of the work.