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Lifelong Learning

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

Date:
19 - 20 September 2014
Venue:
Chawton House Library Chawton Alton Hampshire GU34 1SJ

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Chawton House Library on 01420 541010 .

Event details

There are two days of special events to accompany the national touring exhibition ‘Show me the money: The Image of Finance’ at Chawton House Library, and to celebrate the decision of the Bank of England to depict Jane Austen on the £10 note. The exhibition tells the visual history of finance from the 1700s to the contemporary. The work in Chawton House Library emphasises the critical but often overlooked role that women artists have played in telling the story of finance. Alongside familiar images by Hogarth and Gillray, and new research on the Austen family itself, the exhibition explores the work of a contemporary generation of women artists who are interested in what money itself is: the tension between its essential place in our social and collective lives and its fragile and ephemeral physical nature.

Friday 19 September, 10 am – 5 pm: Day Workshop: ‘Money, Sovereignty, and Representation’
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 19 September, 5:30 pm – 8 pm: Free Exhibition Private View with a Public Lecture
by Caroline Criado-Perez of the campaign ‘Keep a Woman on English Banknotes’.

Saturday 20 September 9:30 am to 5 pm: University of Southampton Lifelong Learning Study Day: ‘Banking in the age of Jane Austen’
Jane Austen’s brother Henry was a banker, and 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, hardship 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.

From 2017 the image of Jane Austen will grace the ten pound note, and this decision by the Bank of England seems apt, not only because of her keen observation of economic matters in the novels, but also because her favourite brother, Henry, was a banker. His business was bankrupted in the financial crash of 1816. Austen’s lifetime coincided with tumultuous years in the history of British finance, due to the long-running war with France and the constant fears of economic isolation, hardship 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 finance.

9:15 -9:45: Registration

9:45 – 9.50 Emma Clery, Welcome.

9:50 - 10:15 Introduction and Overview of Exhibition (Paul Crosthwaite and Peter Knight)

10:15 -11.00 Ian Haywood (University of Roehampton), ‘The Ghost of Gold: Forgery, Finance and Satirical Prints’.

11.00 - 11:30 Break

11:30 - 12:15 Matthew Rowlinson (University of Western Ontario), ‘John Bull and the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street: Gender and Money in the Restriction Era’

12:15 – 1.00 Helen Paul (University of Southampton), ‘Henry Austen’s Banking Failure’

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 - 2:45 Robert Clark (University of East Anglia), ‘The Hertfordshire of Pride and Prejudice: the Space of Capital’.

2:45 - 3:30 Emma Clery (University of Southampton), ‘Speculation in Austen’s World’

3:30 – 5.00 Tea and Exhibition Visit

Tickets
Friday 19 September: Delegate: £30, Students and Unwaged Delegates: £20
Public Lecture: Free (registration essential)
Saturday 20 September: Delegate: £40, Students and Unwaged Delegates: £30
Two-day Delegate: £60, Students and Unwaged Delegates: £40 Places are strictly limited, so early booking is advised.

Book tickets online or ring Chawton House Library direct on 01420 541010

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