Jane Austen is Britain’s greatest female novelist. Her novels, published in over 40 languages, have been adapted for the widest possible audience across all cultural media. Her profile is global: Pride and Prejudice alone has sold more than 20 million copies, having never been out of print.

This milestone anniversary presents a significant opportunity to bring her legacy to even greater prominence – in Hampshire, where she was born and spent most of her life, and in Winchester, where she died. Winchester Cathedral are working alongside many partners, including Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council. In the course of 2025, there will be a special service at the cathedral, theatre performances, special interest tours, and the unveiling of a Jane Austen statue.