17 Jul 2017

Commemorating Jane Austen

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On the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, take a trip beyond the classroom to learn more about this literary great.

An enduring mainstay on the English Literature curriculum, Pride and Prejudice has long been regarded as a literary classic. Yet did you know that tomorrow, 18th July 2018, marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion author, Jane Austen?

If you’re looking to bring to life the writing style of Jane Austen, why not step outside the classroom with a trip to the Jane Austen Centre in Bath. Having visited the city twice in the late-18th century and lived here between 1801 – 1806, the museum, situated in an original Georgian townhouse, tells the story of Jane’s time in Bath, including the effect that living here had on her and her writing. Indeed, the city provided the backdrop to her last two novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both of which were published posthumously in 1818.

Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire

Another Austen-related visit is Jane Austen’s House Museum, situated in the heart of Hampshire. This is the only house in which Jane both lived and wrote which is open to the public. Commemorating the 200th anniversary of her death, the museum plays host in 2017 to a special exhibition containing 41 objects (Jane was 41 years old when she died) which tells the story of her life and legacy.

Jane Austen in 41 Objects is an evolving exhibition alongside a series of online posts by guest writers published weekly throughout this bicentenary year. Each object and accompanying text explores a different aspect of Jane Austen’s life and work. 

So whether it’s paying homage to the Brontë sisters in West Yorkshire, visiting Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre or even the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea, why not take a look at the type of educational trips we can offer in the UK, then get in touch to discuss your ideas?

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