What is the Jane Austen Centre?
Welcome to Bath, England – a place very much at the heart of Jane Austen’s life and works. And nestled in the heart of the city is the Jane Austen Centre, a permanent exhibition that explores Jane’s time in Bath and the influence that this beautiful city had on her books, characters and personal life.
Together with its Regency Tea Room and Gift Shop, the Centre has become one of the most popular celebrations of Jane Austen in the world, attracting thousands of visitors each year from around the globe.
The Jane Austen Centre’s exhibition has been created with the guidance of Louise Ross and Maggie Lane, two leading authorities on Jane Austen, and of local members of the Jane Austen Society. It enjoys a reputation as one of the leading places to learn about English literature’s most beloved novelist.
The exhibition aims to be not only informative but also exciting and illuminating. The Centre is situated in an original period property, and visits are enhanced by knowledgeable guides in Regency costume. There are talks, activities and contemporary exhibits, including the opportunity to dress up in Regency costume and view an exclusive film starring Adrian Lukis (Mr. Wickham in the celebrated BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice).
During your time at the Jane Austen Centre, you’ll learn how Jane was fascinated by Bath, mentioning it in all of her novels, as well as making it the principal setting of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. The Jane Austen Centre is the perfect place to discover more of Jane’s experience in the city between 1801 and 1806, and the effect that living here had on her work.
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