The exhibition at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath has been created with the guidance of local members of the Jane Austen Society and authorities on Jane Austen.
It aims to be not only informative but exciting and illuminating. With knowledgeable staff, a lovely period atmosphere, exclusive film, costume, contemporary exhibits, maps and books. It is the perfect starting point to an exploration of Jane Austen’s Bath.
The Centre at 40 Gay Street in Bath houses a permanent exhibition which tells the story of Jane’s experience in the city between 1801 and 1806 and the effect that living here had on her and her writing.Gay Street is the ideal location for the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, set between two of Bath’s architectural masterpieces, Queen Square and the Circus.
Jane Austen actually lived in Gay Street (higher up the hill on the same side, at No.25) for some months in 1805.
Celebrating Bath’s most famous resident.
“They arrived in Bath. Catherine was all eager delight; her eyes were here, there, everywhere, as they approached its fine and striking environs, and afterwards drove through those streets which conducted them to the hotel. She was come to be happy, and she felt happy already. They were soon settled in comfortable lodgings in Pultney Street”.
In Persuasion, the snobbish Sir Walter Elliot is relieved to find that Admiral and Mrs Croft, visiting Bath for the Admiral’s gout, are staying where he will not be ashamed to visit them: “The Crofts had placed themselves in lodgings in Gay Street, perfectly to Sir Walter’s satisfaction”.