Jane Austen has long been a household name due to her six beautiful classic novels. Her books and adaptations have launched her through generations and now, this news adds to list of ways we could enjoy the mark she left in literature and history.
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It was after countless votes from the public that her home in Chawton was listed as one of the top places to visit in the UK. As it should be! It’s one of the ten locations chosen in a campaign run by Historic England called ‘A History of England in 100 Places.’ Her house is within the literary and music category, but its significance is clear to the people. And we all know you have to give the people what they want.
Authors and professors made up the panel of judges tasked with choosing the top ten places, in various categories. Where do you even begin to go back through a nation’s entire history? Author Monica Ali discusses the process with the Hampshire Chronicle:
“I was intrigued by the idea of telling the history of England in 100 places… The judging process proved to be a reminder of just how rich the nation’s history of creativity is… Why is it important to celebrate such places? First of all, it is an acknowledgement of how the arts have shaped our society… Secondly, and no less importantly, these are not only places in which to learn about the past, they also invite contemplation, reflection and – just maybe – inspiration, thus passing the creative baton to future generations.”