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‘Lizzie’ is taken away

Lizzie in winter‘Lizzie’ in the winter outside the Jane Austen Centre It is a sad day today. This morning at 10.30am a man in a van came and took away our ‘Lizzie’. She has been with us for many years. She never complains or minds the extremes of the weather as she welcomes people to the Jane Austen Centre day in, day out. The good news is that she will be back with us in about 4 weeks after her little ‘holiday’ and, like all of us, will return refreshed and renewed having been pampered, preened and painted by Gems Studio in London. Thought you might like this image of her braving the snow just after Christmas. Come back soon. (more…)
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Ebay Jane Austen Auction outcomes

hfxhfhSally Hawkin's green 'Persuasion' dress Film costumes are being despatched to all parts of the globe this week as the ebay Jane Austen costume winners celebrate their good fortune. This highly unusual and immensely entertaining auction ended on Sunday. Those of you who didn’t get involved are probably kicking yourself as there were some undoubted bargains to be had. Perhaps the pick of the bunch being being ‘Ann Elliot’s’ green dress as worn by Sally Hawkins in Persuasion which went for just £127! That’s under $200. You can find out the final selling prices, where in the world the items would end up and how many people were involved in the bidding, along with some nice pics of the items themselves by following this link I wonder how many of these costumes will feature in this year’s Jane Austen Festival in Bath. (more…)
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Film Costumes up for Auction on Ebay

Grab yourself some film costumes bargains! Anne Eliot's Spencer An unusual auction of original film costumes from Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Miss Austen Regrets go under the Ebay hammer starting tomorrow 15th of March. In a surprising move BAFTA and EMMY award winning designer Andrea Galer has decided it is time to move on these much loved items. In colaboration with The Jane Austen Centre Online Giftshop, Ms Galer has handpicked many costumes and accessories that are likely to be fought over by Austen and film fans. Andrea Galer says, ‘Having made these costumes which have helped Sally Hawkins and Oliver Williams really feel their way into character, I no longer need to own them. In moving them on I want other people to be able to feel that connection with the skills and materials of the past.’ David Baldock, Director of The Jane Austen Centre in Bath says, ‘Having worked with Andrea in the past we were lucky enough to have been able to purchase a number of her film costumes. These costumes now enhance our exhibition display. The costumes and accessories have been of immense interest to fans of Austen and Regency fashion.’ Everyone can get involved as all of the items will start the auction at 99p! There will be a total of 21 lots spread over a 2 week auction window. You can find all these items until Sunday 25th of March 2012 here:  http://stores.ebay.co.uk/thejaneaustencentre (more…)
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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, … dressed in period costume. See The Independent on Friday 9 March 2012, for the complete article (more…)
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Jane Austen Centre on TV – again

Caroline SmailesCaroline 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 they would like a different ending to ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Guess what they said? See the BBC News item (more…)
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Jane Austen Festival Video recording last year’s events

Group visit resourcesWhat a treat – view the Festival video – were you there? Photographer, film maker and friend of the Festival Owen Benson has edited together some highlights of 2011 Jane Austen Festival into a Festival video. Such a colourful event with costumes, music, food and dance in abundance. What is amazing is the sense of fun and comeraderie amongst the participants. It seems that favourite events have a costume, music or food theme. Have a look at the video yourself – it is fabulous. 2012 video to come shortly.   (more…)
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Free Iphone App

Jane Austen App  The Free Jane Austen App. How odd that an 18th century author finds her work being promoted and enjoyed via the medium of 21st century technology. The Jane Austen Centre in Bath has been busy working on an Iphone app which will deliver a witty or meaningful quote from Jane Austen’s novels or letters to your phone every day. These quotes, compiled over the past 6 months are as relevant to life today as they were in the C18th! Jane Austen speaks of love, marriage and friendship. Here are some examples that may chime with you; “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.” Pride and Prejudice “I do not like to have people throw themselves away; but everybody should marry as soon as they can do it to advantage.” Mansfield Park “To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.” Persuasion “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment.” Pride and Prejudice “I think very highly of the understanding of all the women in the world — especially of those — whoever they may be — with whom I happen to be in company.” Northanger Abbey The app is free and can be found at the appstore by searching for Jane Austen Centre. (more…)
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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…)