Jane Austen to be on the £10 note?

25th Jun 2013

Jane Austen

EDIT 24th July 2013: The Bank of England have confirmed Jane Austen will be the next face of the £10 note, replacing Charles Darwin, probably in 2017.

The outgoing governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King, got end-of-school-term hyper today, tied his school tie around his head, necked a load of Nerds and claimed that Jane Austen is “quietly waiting in the wings” to replace Charles Darwin on the £10 note.

This was then quickly mitigated when Sir Merv pointed out that his successor Mark Carney would be making the final decision. Good one Merv.

Of course twitter is full of people going “hhhhnnnnnng but she’s so borrrriiiiiing!” and “couldn’t they have chosen someone more interesting? what about Patti Smith or The Saturdays?”.

Which is a lot of fun but doesn’t really get us any closer to finding out if there will even be a woman on the notes in a couple of years time. The campaign to keep women on England’s bank notes is gaining momentum but it’s hard to imagine a woman in a bonnet replacing a man with a beard any time soon.

What do you think? Is it likely to be Austen? Who’s your pick and why on earth are we still having this debate?

Beulah Maud Devaney


  • Kathryn says:

    I can certainly see those in power choosing Austen. She’s a ‘safe’ choice: popular and a key point of West Country tourism.

    However, I’d really like to see someone more politically (Æthelflæd) and/or socially (Octavia Hill) active. Still, at least Austen would be a woman and a justifiably important one.

    • Beulah Devaney says:

      True and it’s not like they’ve been particularly adventurous with their choices to far (hello Dickens and Darwin). It was suggested that they should just stick all the Brontes on there which I actually quite liked the sound of!