Newton Abbot College’s entire Year 10 student cohort will be visiting Jane Austen’s Hampshire home as part of their GCSE studies of one of Jane Austen’s most renowned works, Pride and Prejudice.
Over the course of 25 and 26 February, over 120 students will be visiting Chawton (the village in which Jane Austen lived for the last eight years of her life, writing her major works including Pride and Prejudice) to immerse themselves in the life and works of the author. Students will be visiting the cottage home where Austen lived and wrote (now Jane Austen’s House Museum), and the manor house that was owned by her brother, Edward (now Chawton House Library).
The visit will mark the first time an entire year group has been taken on such a trip. Annalie Talent, Learning Officer at Jane Austen’s House Museum, is looking forward to receiving the students:
“This is the biggest student cohort visit that the House and Library has ever hosted. By visiting Jane Austen’s village home, Newton Abbot College Year 10 students will discover how Austen’s life and times influenced her writings. From looking close up at objects from the Museum and Library collections to learning a regency dance, students will gain a deeper insight into the themes of Pride and Prejudice and help them in their study of the novel for their GCSE examinations. It is exciting to see so many young people becoming involved in the works of such an important author.”
Trip organiser and Teacher of English and Media Studies, Hannah Le Couilliard, commented: “We are delighted to be taking our whole year 10 cohort on what promises to be an enriching experience. It is crucial that our students understand the themes and time period in which Pride and Prejudice was written. With this in mind, we decided to physically transport them to the very site where the novel was penned. We are very much looking forward to the trip and hope to repeat it in subsequent years.”