The latest issue is full of news, including: Austen on the £10 note; updates on the filming of Death Comes to Pemberley; the new curator at Jane Austen’s House Museum; and Cassandra’s Cup tea-shop for sale.
The main features include:
- A preview of the Jane Austen Society of North America’s AGM in Minneapolis at the end of September
- The puppetteers who are bringing Northanger Abbey to life
- Welcome Prince George, a very Austen name for the new royal baby
- A peek at day-to-day life in Jane Austen’s England
- Reporting on the Battle of Trafalgar – plus Nelson’s funeral
- The Georgian outdoor swimming pool in need of restoration
- Remembering Fanny Burney and her sister, Sarah Harriet
… plus News, Letters, Book Reviews and updates from Jane Austen societies in the Netherlands, the US and the UK
The tea-shop is known for its vast display of tea-pots and is a welcome stop for Jane Austen fans who have made the pilgrimage to the cottage where the Austen family once lived.
The business might well suits a Janeite looking for a ‘lifestyle’ opportunity. More details in the September/October edition of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine or from Charter’s estate agents, in Winchester. The asking price is £650,000.
Jane Austen’s House Museum has raised more than £100,000 as part of an appeal to raise £152,450 to keep a ring once owned by the author in Britain after it was bought by a US popstar.
Kelly Clarkson acquired the turquoise and gold ring at auction at Sotheby’s in London last year, but Ed Vaizey, the Culture Minister, put an export ban on it until September 30 to allow someone in Britain “to show a serious expression of interest to buy the ring”. They must then produce the funds by December.
This “serious expression of interest” has now been lodged by the museum, which is based in Chawton, Hampshire, and today the appeal has received a £100,000 anonymous donation.
Louise West, from the museum, said: “We are very confident we can match this price.”
The museum was unable to raise enough cash at the time of the original sale, but hopes to get enough funds in place by December. It
has also invited Ms Clarkson to the museum. So far the singer has not replied.
Jane Austen’s House Museum already displays two other pieces of jewellery owned by the writer – a turquoise bracelet and a topaz cross. Until it was sold, the ring had remained in the Austen family. (PA)