There she revised her three early novels, ‘Elinor and Marianne’, published in October 1811 as Sense and Sensibility, ‘First Impressions’, published in January 1813 as Pride and Prejudice, and ‘Susan’, published posthumously in 1817 as Northanger Abbey. She also wrote the novels of her maturity there: Mansfield Park, published in April 1814, Emma, published in December 1815, and Persuasion, published with Northanger Abbey in 1817.
The Jane Austen Memorial Trust purchased Chawton Cottage in 1947 and the Jane Austen Society helped with its preservation. Now known as Jane Austen’s House, it is an accredited museum open to the public. The Society maintains its close links with the House and, to meet its own aims, has supported some of the museum’s educational activities.
The Society celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2020. In September 2022, following a members’ vote at the July 2022 AGM, the Charity Commission registered the Society as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation under registered number 1200422. Steps are well-advanced to transfer the Society’s membership and assets to the CIO, following which the original Society will be dissolved and the Society will embark on a new chapter in its history. Its objects are unchanged and it will continue to promote awareness of Jane Austen’s life and works through an annual conference and study day and a well-regarded Annual Report, full of original research.