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Now he’s a cartoon character!

Martin the cartoonOur very own Meeter/Greeter Martin Salter has been immortalised as a cartoon character by Perry Harris and can be seen on his Twitter site. He surely must be ‘England’s most photographed man’. I was surprised to see Martin looking at me from the wall of my local pub as someone had painted him and he was part of the gallery display – I never fail to be amazed at the places I see our colourful Meeter/Greeter. See the full-sized cartoon here (more…)
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He’s in the news again

Martin SalterAmanda Vickery at the Jane Austen Festival  Martin Salter, our very own meeter and greeter at the Jane Austen Centre, may be acknowledged as the ‘Most Photographed Man inEngland’, but even he was thrilled when he saw himself in the Christmas edition of the Radio Times.  The photograph is being used to publicise the forthcoming television programme ‘The Many Lovers of Jane Austen’, being transmitted on Friday 23rd December on BBC 2, and in the picture, a costumed Martin stands alongside the presenter, Professor Amanda Vickery. The programme has been made to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s first novel, Sense and Sensibility, and in the 60 minute broadcast, Professor Vickery, one of the leading chroniclers of Georgian England, explores the ebb and flow of Austen’s popularity and the hold her fiction has on us now. Englands most photographed man  For the programme, the BBC filmed at the Grand Regency Promenade and Country Fayre during this year’s Jane Austen Festival, back in September, and among those interviewed were Martin and Festival Director, Jackie Herring.  On finding out about his appearance in the Radio Times, Martin said: “What an achievement and I am pleased to be representing the Jane Austen Centre and the City of Bath in such a well-known magazine.”  Since the magazine hit the news stands people have been asking Martin to sign their own copies and, like the true gentleman he is, he has been only more than happy to oblige. Full Story   (more…)
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Martin on the television

Martin SalterEnglands most photographed man We knew it would happen. Our Meeter/Greeter Martin Salter has been recognised as England’s most photographed man. Out of the blue we recieved a request from HTV for an interview with Martin. We are always happy to oblige the press so when they arrived it was with surprise that they wanted to do a piece on Martin being ‘England’s most photographed man’. Have a look for yourself on HTV’s online channel. Well done Martin! (more…)
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The Festival starts with a splash!

Wow, what a start. Despite a bit of rain the promenaders turned out in their finery to celebrate the start of the Jane Austen Festival. Click here to go to the full story from the Bath Chronicle. (more…)
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England’s Most Photographed Man

Martin SalterWell he’s finally been recognised for what he undoubtedly is, ‘England’s Most Photographed Man’. How great that Martin Salter the cheery Meeter/Greeter at the Centre is rightly lauded for his work. Anyone else wouldn’t get anything like the attention that Martin generates by his unique personality. We are rightly proud of his achievement. Read the news item in the Bath Chronicle. (more…)
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Guinness World Record

It’s official! The world record for the  largest gathering of people dressed in Regency costumes was achieved by 409 participants, for the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, UK, on 19 September 2009 The previous world record stood at 200 people and on a beautiful sunny day in September last year, 409 of us got together in Bath Assembly Rooms and broke the world record.   Our photo shows a small section of the assembled promenaders in the ballroom at the Assembly Rooms.  The event also raised money for the charity Breakthrough Breastcancer which benefited from the ticket sales. A very big thank-you to everyone who took part and helped to break the record and Welcome to the very select club of Guinness World RecordsTM holders Enjoyed this article? Visit our giftshop and escape to the world of Jane Austen for costume, patterns and more. (more…)