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Jane Austen News – Issue 155

The Jane Austen News sees Statue scrapped

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Ammonite Arrives in Lyme Regis  

Jane Austen’s Sanditon isn’t the only Period drama being filmed this year that we’re looking forward to. A new film called Ammonite is another film in progress that we’re keen to see.

As well as Jane Austen, if you’ve read about some of the other marvellous women from the Georgian and Regency eras, you’ll certainly have heard of Mary Anning. Anning is renowned for her discoveries of Jurassic fossils around Lyme Regis, Dorset, and in 2010 she was named as one of the Royal Society’s ten most influential British women in science. Although her work, including the unearthing in around 1811 of a 17-foot ichthyosaur skeleton when she was just 12, went largely uncredited in her lifetime because she was a woman (and a very young woman too), now her life will come to the silver screen in a new Period film.

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan are to star in the film, named AmmoniteAmmonite, will be set in a British coastal town in the 1840s and is understood to follow Anning as she becomes the nursemaid for a wealthy woman from London who visits for a period of convalescence. Ammonite is been developed by See-Saw Films, the British Film Institute and BBC Films, and filming is set to start in March in Lyme Regis.

There are no pictures of the film in progress yet, as filming is yet to commence, but when it does start there’ll be quite the sight to see as the filming crew want to build a two-storey fake Georgian house front and install a fake stone wall to help take Lyme back to the 1840s.

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Jane Austen News – Issue 86

The Jane Austen News visits a book signing!

What’s the Jane Austen News this week?  

Austen Activist Strikes Again

Activist Caroline Criado-Perez, who campaigned so hard to get Jane Austen featured on the new £10 bank notes, has been on the campaign trail again. This time it was in the cause of getting a statue of a woman built in Parliament Square.

Her online petition received more than 85,000 signatures and now Dame Millicent Fawcett, who was the founder of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, will be honoured with her own statue next year to mark one hundred years since the first British women got the vote. The NUWSS used peaceful tactics to campaign, such as lobbbying MPs and undertaking non-violent demonstrations, and lead to the emergence of Emmeline Pankhurst’s suffragette movement.

Ms Fawcett’s statue will be designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing (who will be the first female sculptor to have a work displayed in Parliament Square) and will join those of Sir Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela, already on display.

The Mayor of London said the statue was “long overdue” and Austen-note-activist Ms Criado-Perez said she was “thrilled” with the project.

AA01 Notes = Super Expensive!

They’re here, we love them, but some are more valuable than others. In fact three Austen £10 notes, each with a AA01 serial number, sold together for £250! Another £10 set to make big money is the AA01 000010 note which is predicted to make up to £10,000 when it goes up for auction next month!

Admittedly there are some unrealistic examples of £10 note price tags – with some sellers asking for thousands of pounds for a single note with an unremarkable serial number, but on the whole the demand for pristine Austen £10 notes is booming.


 A New Austen Location Highlighted

Experts are now asking whether Thornton Lacey, the parsonage first given to Edmund Bertram upon his ordination and marriage in Austen’s third published novel Mansfield Park, could have been based on real-life 18th century house Compton Verney in Warwickshire near Stratford-upon-Avon. Continue reading Jane Austen News – Issue 86

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