Tag Archives: England

Jonas Hanway: A Man with a Plan

Portrait of Jonas Hanway by James Northcote, circa 1785.

Jonas Hanway (August 12, 1712 – September 5, 1786), English traveller and philanthropist, was born at Portsmouth, on the south coast of England. While he was still a child his father, a victualler, died, and the family moved to London. In 1729 Jonas was apprenticed to a merchant in Lisbon. In 1743, after he had […]

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Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles: Founder of the City of Singapore, Father of the London Zoo

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British statesman and naturalist, his many talents live on in a centuries long legacy.

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Jane Austen Waxwork

Jane Austen Waxwork We had a great time unveiling our new Jane Austen waxwork to the assembled media folk on Wednesday 9th of July. Reaction was overwhelmingly positive when the curtains were parted. The waxwork is now on public display. Developed from a forensic portrait of the author by Melissa Dring, the waxwork has been […]

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Dido Elizabeth Belle

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the catalyst to the ending of slavery in England…

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Horace Walpole: Regency Author, Historian, Antiquarian and Politician

Horace Walpole by Joshua Reynolds, 1756

Builder of Strawberry Hill, author of The Castle of Otranto,

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Parson Woodforde: Country Diarist

James Woodforde by his nephew Samuel Woodforde.

James Woodforde: the man behind the “Diary of a Country Parson”

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Charles Wesley: Methodist Minister

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Georgian writer of over 6,000 hymns.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Was this song familiar to the Austen family?

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Jane Austen’s England by Roy & Lesley Adkins

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A review by Shelley DeWees

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2013 Jane Austen Festival Photographs

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Official Festival photographer Owen Benson has now uploaded all the images he took of this year’s 2013 Jane Austen Festival for everyone to view. There are some stunning shots for you to enjoy.

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