What would you ask Jane Austen if you could?

New Jane Austen Portrait

We posed a question on our Jane Austen Facebook site recently, ‘What one question would you ask Jane Austen if you could?’ Well, we got some great answers

Dressing Up Regency Style with hats, bonnets, reticules and scarves

Trying on some Regency Costume

We’ve recently added a new section to the exhibition where we allow our visitors to dress up using Regency bonnets, top hats, shawles, fans, reticules and parasols. As you would imagine, it is going down very well and everyone is having a lot of fun.

Lizzie is Back


Great News, our iconic front of house mannequin ‘Lizzie’ is back from her Spring break and is looking good! Having had a few minor mishaps over the years including a couple of falls, we felt she needed a short vacation to bring the colour back to her cheeks. Well, she is back and looking good. Our visitors really enjoy… Read more about Lizzie is Back

‘Lizzie’ is taken away

Lizzie in winter

It is a sad day today. This morning at 10.30am a man in a van came and took away our ‘Lizzie’.

Ebay Jane Austen Auction outcomes


Film costumes are being despatched to all parts of the globe this week as the ebay Jane Austen costume winners celebrate their good fortune.

Film Costumes up for Auction on Ebay

A selection Jane Austen Film Costumes from BAFTA and Emmy award winning designer Andrea Galer go up for auction on ebay in March.

With a Flourish!

Killer Bees and Jane Austen make their mark on Women’s day In the church of St Michael’s Without, from 10am to 6pm yesterday, works by 100 women were read out by volunteers …  A passage from “Pride and Prejudice” was recited with a fine flourish by Jackie Herring, Director of the local Jane Austen Festival,… Read more about With a Flourish!

Jane Austen Centre on TV – again

Caroline Smailes

Caroline Smailes at book launch How will it all end? Take a look at this BBC Breakfast news item. Caroline Smailes, has a new novel which offers readers a variety of different endings – 11 in all. The item is supported by a visit to The Jane Austen Centre where our guests are quizzed on whether… Read more about Jane Austen Centre on TV – again