Jane Austen Centre & The Fashion Museum

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Monika Kudaseva (24) from Newport (originally from Lithuania) is photographed (Left to Right) with Georgiana Darcy (Aimee Coats – Bath Spar University graduate in English Literature & Creative Writing) and Mr Bennet (Martin Slater).

The Jane Austen Centre is located at 40 Gay Street in Bath and it is a permanent exhibition situated in an original Georgian townhouse.  Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. The exhibition tells the story of Jane’s time in Bath, including the effect that living there had on her and her writing. Jane paid two long visits to Bath towards the end of the eighteenth century, and from 1801 to 1806 Bath was her home.

“I will be calm; I will be mistress of myself.” – Elinor, Sense and Sensibility

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Serena Dunlop (23) a Drama Studies graduate from Bath Spa University: photographed at The Jane Austen Centre where she works as a guide who entertains visitors while she portrays the character of Georgiana Darcy.

Jane Austen: “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

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The Fashion Museum Bath holds a world-class collection of contemporary and historic dress. The Museum of Costume was opened in the Assembly Rooms on 23 May 1963. It was founded by Doris Langley Moore, a designer, collector, writer and scholar, who gave her famous private collection of costume to the city of Bath.

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The Museum of Costume changed its name to the Fashion Museum in summer 2007. The Fashion Museum is owned by Bath and North East Somerset Council and is managed by the Heritage Services section. It is housed in the Assembly Rooms building, which is owned by the National Trust.

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The museum welcomes about 130,000 visitors to the museum each year. The visitors are a mix of tourists, fashion specialists, students and locals.

Visitors can dress up in replica corsets and crinolines from the past – they can be a Victorian, just for one day! There are coats and hats, dresses and bonnets for boys and for girls, and for men and for women. Visitors can also take photographs against a Victorian street scene backdrop.

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Monika said: “It is wonderful to dress up in period custom and to learn from living historical experiences. I have loved dressing up since my childhood and these two interesting and informative exhibitions are a dream come true.”


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