Jane Austen Exhibition Opens in BasingstokeA new temporary exhibition celebrating Jane Austen has opened in Basingstoke, England. Among the artefacts on display at the Willis Museum are Jane's writing slope and spectacles. There is also the manuscript of one of her early works, The History of England, written in 1791, when she was just 15-years-old and living in Steventon. The various items are on temporary loan from a number of collections, making this a rare opportunity to see them together in the county of Jane's birth. At the launch, Hampshire Cultural Trust also announced 'Jane Austen 200' - Hampshire’s big theme for 2017 which will mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.
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