The regional Branches associated with the Jane Austen Society organise a wide range of activities for their members throughout the year.

Events include lectures, discussion groups, study days, visits to locations linked directly or indirectly to the author and the period, weekend excursions, and social occasions. They offer both a stimulating source of information and ideas, and an opportunity to meet other people sharing a similar interest in the author, her life and her writing.

Branches are an integral part of the Jane Austen Society and therefore share the Society’s charitable status.  They organise a wide range of activities for members throughout the year.

Branches have a high level of autonomy and determine their own fees for branch membership independent of the Society’s charge for membership.  Many members belong to the Society and to one or more branches.  The relationship between Society and branch membership is being considered at present as part of a wider review of the Society’s structure and constitution.  Further information will be provided in due course, but branches will retain their current level of autonomy.


In addition to the Branches there are two regional Groups: Cambridge and the Southern Circle. They are not affiliated to the Jane Austen Society but do liaise with it.  Some of their members are also members of the Society.  The Cambridge Group puts on programmes similar to the JAS branches while the Southern Circle, based in Surrey and Hampshire, is a discussion group.  Information about their events and how to become a member may be obtained from the contacts below.