Jane Austen step back in time

The Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England is an exhibition showcasing the life and times of Jane Austen. It is situated in a cream coloured Georgian house in Bath that was set up to mimic a place Jane lived in, in the same street but not the exact house. I have to admit I was a little disappointed it was not the house that Jane herself had lived in, walking through the hallways as she dreamed up her next novel.

The house was very informative, with period costumes, a great introductory talk by staff and bits of historical information about Jane Austen. There was a desk set up to show what Jane may have written at, her imagination running wild as she brought Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy’s love to reality in Pride and Prejudice. It didn’t take long to get through the whole centre though we didn’t stop at the tea rooms as we needed to be on our way. Worth a stop if you are in the area.

One thing that fascinated me was being told that Jane’s name did not appear in print until after her death. And I loved that she was one of eight children, six boys and two girls. The two girls Jane and Cassandra never married and they were each other’s closest confidant. When Jane passed away she had been living with her sister, and left most of her money to her sister. Nice to think of them growing up together, always by each other’s side.

Jane Austen centre


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