Women’s Writing: Chawton House Library Internships 2017

Chawton House Library Internships 2017

Chawton House Library, a registered charity, conserves a unique collection of women’s writing (1600-1830) within the Elizabethan manor house once owned by Jane Austen’s brother Edward. The village of Chawton is in the heart of the glorious Hampshire countryside – only ninety minutes drive from London and under an hour from Southampton.

We have three internship opportunities, ideal for a postgraduate English literature, history, librarianship or museum studies student. Each internship lasts for two months and covers the periods:

Thursday 4th May to Monday 26th June,

Thursday 29th June to Tuesday 29th August,

Thursday 31st August to Monday 23rd October.

Each position will require the intern to assist the Librarian and the Learning and Visitor Manager in a variety of duties that may include aiding researchers in the reading room, assisting with exhibitions, book conservation, modern book cataloguing, helping with group tours and school parties, social media, and weddings. During 2016 interns were also given a specific project whilst they were here and we hope to continue this in 2017.

Each intern will work four days a week, normally Wednesday to Friday plus Sunday, or Thursday to Sunday. Although this internship does not attract a stipend, free accommodation is provided on site in what was the Elizabethan Stable block (now an extremely comfortable, well-equipped house) and all training is included.

This internship will give an all-round experience of working within a rare book library set within a house that is open to the public on a regular basis and which offers a variety of events throughout the year. Applicants should have an interest in early women’s writing, learning and heritage and be willing to become involved in all aspects of the Library and visitor opening under the direction of the Librarian and Learning and Visitor Manager.

Applicants should send their CV and a covering letter to: Dr Darren Bevin, Librarian, Chawton House Library, email: darren.bevin@chawtonhouselibrary.org stating which months they are able to work.

Please note: the closing date for applications is Friday January 6th 2017.

Please contact Darren Bevin, Librarian or Sarah Parry, Learning and Visitor Manager (sarah.parry@chawtonhouselibrary.org) if you would like to informally discuss this opportunity.

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