Today, City of Southampton Society are delighted to announce that the replacement pictorial plaque will be unveiled at 3.00 pm on Sunday 18 November 2018 at NST City. The sculptor is Chris Cudlip, a local member of the Artists Union England.
Towards the end of World War I, an impressive stone plaque dedicated to Jane Austen was erected in the old Central Library on the corner of Cumberland Place and London Road to mark the 100th anniversary of Jane’s death. She had lived in Southampton between 1806 and 1809. Unfortunately, the whole library and the plaque were destroyed by bombing in World War II.
To mark the 200th anniversary of her death in 2017, the City of Southampton Society approached the Nuffield Southampton Theatres to ascertain whether they would welcome a replacement plaque in their new theatre in the city centre, NST City. They did, however the construction schedule for the theatre was delayed and opening night was in February this year, featuring ‘The Shadow Factory’, Southampton’s Spitfire story.
Laura Eastwood, Director of Development and Communications at Nuffield Southampton Theatres said, “We are delighted our new theatre NST City will be home to this new plaque as part of the official recognition of Jane Austen in Southampton. We look forward to welcoming fans of Jane Austen to see this wonderful new sculpture in her honour.”