Following the success of the innovative visitor experience at No1. Royal Crescent, the Bath Preservation Trust is launching a new tour to coincide with the Jane Austen Festival.
The specially commissioned experience will open on 11th September and run for the remainder of the festival (10th – 19th September) and for selected sessions in the future.
The tour will look at life in Regency England, including the time Austen was writing and, for a time, resident in Bath.
Using passages and conversations from her novels, the activities that took place in the rooms of properties such as No.1 Royal Crescent will be brought to life by actors, who also give voice to the thoughts and feelings of the people who inhabited them.
From social climbing to gender inequality, the new visitor attraction explores through Austen’s fiction, the facts of what life was like for many of those who would have been visiting, living or working in Georgian Bath as one century ended and a new one began.
Claire Dixon, Director of Museums for Bath Preservation Trust, said: “As a Georgian house museum, we want to tell stories from throughout this long and fascinating period, from the highs of the mid-18th century to the shifts in society of the early 19th.
“Using the writings of authors who lived through it is often the most evocative way of exploring such change, and when it comes to Georgian Bath there is one author whose name is always at the top of the list, Jane Austen.
“Our new Jane Austen tour looks at life in Britain in the 1790s – 1820, including the five years when she lived between 1801 and 1806, at a time when the city was a thriving spa resort and popular with fashionable society, providing her with a rich source of material for her novels.”
For more information about the Jane Austen-themed experiences at No.1 Royal Crescent, visit www.no1royalcrescent.org.uk.