19 July 2017
Dr Gillian Dow, with Mark Carney and the Very Rv’d Catherine Ogleand. Credit: Bank of EnglandDr Gillian Dow, Associate Professor in English at the University of Southampton, has helped launch the new £10 banknote, alongside Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney.
Dr Dow, who is also Executive Director of Chawton House Library, addressed an audience of hundreds gathered at Winchester Cathedral (Tuesday 18 July). One of only three people to speak at the event, including the Governor, she talked about Austen’s life – her achievements, popular appeal, literary legacy and connections to finance.
She says: “Jane Austen has a textual presence across the globe, but there is something wonderful in imagining the further places she will now go, printed on the ten pound note – perhaps tucked in a smart wallet on a business trip to the States, in a hand bag on route to Mauritius, or indeed a shopping trip to London. I feel absolutely certain she would relish this honour.
“Austen gained phenomenal global success long after her death, but there will always be people who haven’t read her. I hope they will now see her image and be tempted to pick up one of her novels.”