Sitting With Jane also has a schools programme aimed at primary and secondary schools.

Ten local schools have designed and painted their own mini BookBench as part of lessons, or as a fun after school activity. Teachers received a special 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 at half term in Festival Place when friends and family, as well as the general public, can come and see their artwork.

The schools programme is supported by a grantbasconsortium_logo_2016_200 from VIVID, and help from the Basingstoke Consortium. or 01256 840710

The schools involved are: Marnel Junior School, Rucstall Primary school, Cliddesden Primary School, The Priory Primary School, North Waltham Primary School, Overton C of E Primary School, Chawton C of E Primary School,The Costello School, Brighton Hill Community School and Daneshill School.