Sitting With Jane... Jane Austen Book Bench project. (L-R) Joshua Tatum (11) and Evie Tatum (7) from Tadley try out the book bench. Photograph By: Sean Dillow. With Jane also has a schools programme aimed at primary and secondary schools.

Participating schools get a mini BookBench so students can design and paint it as part of lessons, or as a fun after school activity. The BookBench will be accompanied by a full teacher’s resource pack to give ideas on how to use the BookBench, as well as practical tips on how to do it.

Teachers can use it in numerous ways to tell the story of Jane Austen in Hampshire – as part of literacy, exploring Jane Austen’s novels, themes and characters, or  local history and geography  to understand the world that she lived in, 200 years ago.

The BookBench is a chance for young people to test and develop their art and design skills and be part of this big local initiative. All the schools’ BookBenches will be displayed in early June 2017 in Festival Place when friends and family, as well as the general public, can come and see their artwork.

basconsortium_logo_2016_200The schools programme is supported by Sentinel Housing Association through their Making it Happen Fund. Schools interested need to contact Tracey Tatam at the Basingstoke Consortium, for more details. or 01256 840710