Save Jane’s Roof

These tiles have been protecting Jane Austen's House from the elements for over 70 years. Now the entire roof needs major repairs to keep the building watertight and secure. We need your help now to save the roof and this special building.

The roof of Jane Austen’s House was last refurbished in 1948, before the house was opened to the public. Now, 70 years on, and over a million visitors later, major repairs are required to restore and secure it for the future. We are hoping that 2021 will be the year that we fix the roof; ensuring the watertightness of the building and preserving the collections. Throughout 2021 we will be posting project updates on this page, to keep you updated with the progress of the project.

How can I help?

By sponsoring a tile, either for yourself or a loved one, you are becoming part of the story of Jane Austen’s House.

Your sponsorship will be recorded in the Roof Donations Register which will be permanently held in the Museum’s archives, alongside Jane’s own precious works and belongings.

Thank you for being a part of the story.

Save Jane's Roof

Jane Austen’s House in the early 20th Century (post 1917)

How to donate

If possible, please donate via the JustGiving portal. However, if you wish to send a cheque, please make the cheque payable to ‘Jane Austen’s House Museum’ and write ‘Roof Appeal’ and the details of who you would like to sponsor a tile for on the reverse. If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider completing and sending a Gift Aid form (downloadable here) along with your cheque.

Please send cheques to: Jane Austen’s House, Winchester Road, Chawton, Hampshire, GU34 1SD

Project Updates

January 2021

January has seen a big step forward for the reroofing project at Jane Austen’s House. The project has been awarded an £85k grant from Hampshire County Council as part of the Investing in Hampshire scheme.
This grant means that we can begin to start work on moving the project forward.



Jane Austen's House in January, covered in snow

Jane Austen’s House in January, covered in snow

March 2021

A key step in progressing the restoration of the roof here at JAH is appointing a lead architect to oversee the project, including working with the house team to submit listed building consent and research the condition of the building.

After a thorough procurement process, we have appointed Pritchard Architects to this project.

We look forward to working with Giles and his team. You can find out more about the practice here:

March has brought the daffodils and an architect to Jane Austen's House
March has brought the daffodils and an architect to Jane Austen's House