SHE’S always had currency in our literary heritage – and now her status as a woman of note is assured.
The new £10 banknote featuring the writer’s portrait is being unveiled tomorrow (Tuesday), the 200th anniversary of her death, at Winchester Cathedral, where she is buried.
And a fundraising appeal has been launched to ‘Bring Jane Home’ by Jane Austen’s House Museum at Chawton where she lived for the last eight years of her life.
Once the banknote is released into circulation in September, Austen fans are being urged to donate the first one they receive to the museum.
Celebrity Austen enthusiasts who have already pledged their support to Jane’s Fund are museum ambassadors Lucy Worsley, Joanna Trollope and Kathy Lette.
The money will be used to help restore and protect Austen’s former home, a Grade 1 listed building, which is in urgent need of repair.
Donations can be made by visiting the museum or by texting JANE41 £10 to 70070.
One of the earliest banknotes will be presented to the museum for its permanent collection by the Bank of England’s chief cashier Victoria Cleland in September.