Austen Wednesdays

Welcome to Austen Wednesdays - a digital programme of talks and in conversation events from Jane Austen's House. See below for details of our next event!

Wednesday 10 March
8:00pm — 9:00pm

Austen Wednesday events are monthly and premiere on our YouTube channel. New events will be announced on our social media channels and listed here each month so watch this space and subscribe to our YouTube channel to ensure you don’t miss out! The events are free but we welcome donations to help us preserve Jane Austen’s home and continue to share her legacy.

Austen Wednesdays is back!


Airing 10th March, 8pm (GMT)  Subscribe to ensure you don’t miss out! 

For our March edition, we’re delighted to welcome art historian Emma Rutherford who specialises in portrait miniatures and silhouettes. As a consultant at the Philip Mould Gallery, Emma assisted us in our purchase of the portrait miniatures of the Digweed family in 2018 and sold us our miniature of Mary Pearson in 2019.

Emma Rutherford

Emma Rutherford


Emma began her career working in the Victoria and Albert Museum whilst completing an MA in Victorian Art and Architecture. She set up the Portrait Miniatures Department at Phillip’s Auctioneers and after the amalgamation of Phillips and Bonhams she became Departmental Director.

Emma has made several television appearances and advises the Antiques Roadshow. She has written numerous articles for magazines and national newspapers. Emma has also curated and co-curated many exhibitions of portrait miniatures at the Philip Mould Gallery.

Among her significant discoveries, she recently uncovered a lost portrait miniature of Charles Dickens (now at Charles Dickens Museum).

For Austen Wednesdays, Director Lizzie Dunford and Collections and Interpretation Manager Sophie Reynolds joined Emma for a wide-ranging discussion about portrait miniatures, diving into their history and their significance in the Regency period, exploring what portrait miniatures can tell us about people Jane Austen knew and showcasing some of the portrait miniatures in the collection at Jane Austen’s House.

This episode will premiere on our YouTube channel on 10th March, 8pm (GMT) 

Read on to catch up on the series so far!

Catch up on the series so far

In January, Collections and Interpretation Manager Sophie Reynolds spoke to Professor Paula Byrne.  Catch up here.

In November, Director Lizzie Dunford spoke to food historian, author and journalist Julienne Gehrer.  Catch up here.

In October, Collections and Interpretation Manager Sophie Reynolds spoke to dress historian, curator and archaeologist Hilary Davidson. Watch it again here.

In our first Austen Wednesdays event, Director Lizzie Dunford spoke to author Rachel Cohen.  Watch it again here.