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Inside The Jane Austen Centre

The Exhibition

The permanent Exhibition at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath was originally created with the guidance of local members of the Jane Austen Society and authorities on Jane Austen, Louise Ross and Maggie Lane.

martin salter

Our celebrated ‘man on the door’ Martin

The Exhibition aims to be not only informative but exciting and illuminating. With knowledgeable staff, a lovely period atmosphere, exclusive film starring Adrian Lukis, costume, dressing up, contemporary exhibits, maps and books.

We now have a beautiful waxwork of Jane Austen created by experts using forensic evidence.

All in all the Centre is the perfect starting point to an exploration of Jane Austen’s Bath.

The permanent Exhibition 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. Being on 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.

Dr Oliver biscuits

Enjoying a taste of Georgian England

Jane Austen 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.

Pultney Bridge, Bath“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”.

Northanger Abbey

The Royal Crescent in BathIn 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”.

 

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