On the 7th June, join acclaimed author Sheila Johnson Kindred of “Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister: The Life and Letters of Fanny Palma Austen”, in a FREE talk at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.
Presenting a talk on “Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Family at home on HMS Namur”, Sheila Johnson Kindred will discuss what life was like from the woman and wife’s perspective of Fanny Austen, the sister in law to Jane Austen and wife to Captain Charles Austen of HMS Namur.
HMS Namur was a unique archaeological find at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in 1995, and has since become known as the ‘ship beneath the floor’ with over 10% of the frame of this 90-gun ship being discovered beneath five layers of floor. Today visitors can descend to Namur’s final resting place where the timbers are preserved, and find out what the archaeologists have discovered from them and also explore their importance to the Age of Sail story at Chatham alongside the moving stories of those who served on board.
Being married to Charles, Fanny was brought in to a life within the world of the British Navy and Sheila John Kindred delves in to how Fanny became a source of naval knowledge for Jane and thus an inspiration for much of Austen’s literary invention. We are brought a first-hand record of female naval life to what is limited knowledge to women’s roles in the Napoleonic Wars.
“…an exciting new portrait of a relatively unsung heroine. Kindred successfully weaves together factual material from a range of sources, revealing the rigours and rewards of Charles Austen’s experiences as a naval offices combined with his wife’s fears for his survival, pride in his achievements, and constant anxiety regarding finance and family status. This is a compelling approach to Fanny Austen’s life and the first extensive study to focus on a man’s naval career from a woman’s perspective.” – Hazel Jones, author of “Jane Austen and marriage”
Limited tickets will be available on a first come first served based. Please book via https://janeaustentransatlanticfamily.eventbrite.co.uk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday 7th June
Mess Deck, Main Visitor Entrance