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Conference: 'The Image of Finance: Why Jane Austen on the £10 Note Matters'

Chawton House Library

Friday, 19 September 2014 at 10:00 - Saturday, 20 September 2014 at 17:00 (BST)

Chawton, United Kingdom

Conference: 'The Image of Finance: Why Jane Austen on...

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Workshop, Friday 19th September: Delegate   more info Ended £30.00 £0.00
Workshop, Friday 19th September: Student/Unwaged Delegate   more info Ended £20.00 £0.00
LifeLong Learning Day, Saturday 20th September: Delegate   more info Ended £40.00 £0.00
LifeLong Learning Day, Saturday 20th September: Student/Unwaged Delegate   more info Ended £30.00 £0.00
Two Day Delegate   more info Ended £60.00 £0.00
Two Day Student/Unwaged Delegate   more info Ended £40.00 £0.00

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This two day conference at Chawton House Library accompanies the touring exhibition

'Show Me The Money: The Image of Finance 1700 to the Present' and is composed of three events.  

 Friday 19th September, 10 am to 5 pm:

Workshop: ‘Money, Sovereignty, and Representation’.

At this event, cultural historians and theorists will join with curators from the British Museum and British Library to discuss and debate the material forms of money, and ask, What does money really stand for? There will be three sessions: ‘Money, Nationality and Sovereignty’, ‘Money and Trust,’ ‘Money, History and Gender’.

Friday 19th September 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm:

Public Lecture and Private View of the Exhibition ‘ShowMe the Money’.

Caroline Criado-Perez, feminist activist and spokesperson of ‘Keep a Woman on English Banknotes’, will talk about the announcement by the Bank of England in April 2013 that Elizabeth Fry, the only female historical figure to be represented on English banknotes, would be replaced by Winston Churchill on the £5 note, and the storm of protest and media attention that followed. The campaign prepared a legal challenge, and staged a colourful demonstration as a petition was handed over on the steps of the Bank. In July 2013 the Bank of England announced that from 2017 the £10 note will carry the image of Jane Austen.  Of her decision to make a public issue of the lack of women on English paper currency, Criado-Perez has been quoted as saying: ‘the culture we live in is made up of little tiny sexist acts which you can just ignore but when you think of them collectively you start to see a pattern’. Last year she received the campaigner of the year award from the pressure group Liberty.


Saturday 20 September 9:30 am to 5:00 pm:

University of Southampton Lifelong Learning Day, ‘Banking in the Age of Jane Austen’

This is a Life-Long Learning day supported by the University of Southampton, with additional funding from the Leverhulme Trust.

Jane Austen was born in 1775 as Adam Smith was preparing to publish ‘The Wealth of Nations’. She died in 1817, the year after a major financial crash, which involved the bankruptcy of dozens of businesses and banks, including the banks owned by her own brother, Henry. Her lifetime coincided with tumultuous years in the history of British finance, largely due to the long-running war with France and the constant fears of economic isolation, scarcity and insurrection at home.  Speakers will address the rise of paper money and financial malpractice, the transformation of the social landscape by modern capitalism, and Austen’s own insider knowledge of the changing world of banking. Her interest can be glimpsed in her letters, and references in her novels, in particular to the card game ‘Speculation’ most famously depicted in Mansfield Park, now in its 200th anniversary year.    There will be a demonstration of the game ‘Speculation’ and an opportunity to view the exhibition ‘Show Me the Money: the Image of Finance 1700 to the Present’ while touring Chawton House Library, an internationally-renowned research centre specialising in rare works by early women writers.


Friday 19th September: Delegate: £30, Students and Unwaged Delegates: £20

Public Lecture with Caroline Criado Perez, Friday 19th September: Free (registration is essential)

Saturday 20th September: Delegate: £40, Students and Unwaged Delegates: £30

Two day Delegate, Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September (please note that separate registration for the Public Lecture is essential): £60, Students and Unwaged Delegates: £40

These prices include tea, coffee and buffet lunches.

There is a drinks reception for the Public Lecture.

 To see a draft programme for this event visit:

'Show Me the Money' is shown in two parts concurrently, across Chawton House Library and the John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, where the exhibition runs from 7 October – 22 November 2014. 

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Chawton House Library

GU34 1SJ Chawton
United Kingdom

Friday, 19 September 2014 at 10:00 - Saturday, 20 September 2014 at 17:00 (BST)

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Chawton House Library

Welcome to Chawton House LibraryWe are an internationally respected research and learning centre for the study of early women's writing from 1600 to 1830. Access to the library's unique collection is for the benefit of scholars and the general public alike. Set in the quintessentially English manor house that once belonged to Jane Austen's brother, Edward; the library, house and gardens - plus an always fascinating calendar of events - make Chawton House Library a very special and memorable place to visit and enjoy.

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