An appeal has been launched by Chawton House to provide a conservation-grade display case for a newly-restored suit that belonged to Edward Austen Knight.
The suit, which is small in stature and made of green silk, speaks of its owner’s lifestyle and class, and, said Eleanor Marsden, director of development at Chawton House, opens up immediate questions about consumption, fashion and context. The red patches on its surface tell of the long period that it spent hidden away next to a red sari.
It was restored with the help of a grant from the Southern Counties Costume Society, but now Chawton House needs to raise £5,000 for a display case in the hope that it can be exhibited for the House’s tenth anniversary in 2013.
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Registration opens on May 2 for this year’s Jane Austen Society of North America AGM, in Brooklyn, New York. Hundreds of delegates from around the world are expected at the annual gathering of the Austen faithful, which is being held at the Marriot by Brooklyn Bridge hotel from October 5 to 7, 2012.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘sex, money and power in Jane Austen’s fiction’, a subject that will be elaborated upon with enthusiasm by a team of international speakers including Sandy Lerner (Chawton House), Maggie Lane (UK), Susannah Fullerton (Jane Austen Society of Australia) and Tim Bullamore (Editor of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine).
As well as the formal sessions and key-note lectures, there will be an emporium with stalls from Jane Austen Books, Bingley’s Teas, Chawton House, Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine and many others.
Full details of the AGM are updated regularly at the JASNA website.
A Bible that was used by Jane Austen’s father has gone on display for the first time at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire.
The Rev George Austen would have used this Bible while he was preparing his sermons and also probably in the services held at St Nicholas’ Church, Steventon, where Jane Austen was baptised and where she worshipped regularly until the family left to live in Bath in 1801.
The name of the church is written in the book, and it is thought that this inscription may be in Mr Austen’s handwriting.
The Bible is dated 1793 is beautifully bound in leather. It was printed in Edinburgh by the printers, Mark and Charles Kerr, who were the official printers and stationers to King George III in Scotland and who published a number of Bibles in the late 18th century.
The Bible has been lent to the museum by Steventon Parish Church and forms one of the exhibits in this year’s At Home with the Austens theme.
Read the full story – and other news – in the new issue of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine.
The May/June edition of Jane Austen’s Regency World has now been published and is being mailed to subscribers around the world. On the cover of the new issue is the actress Marie Féret, who plays Nannerl Mozart in the stunning new film Mozart’s Sister directed by her father, the French director René Féret.
Also in the new issue you can read about lax morals in Georgian times, how the Luddites tried to stop the march of progress, Jane Austen’s characters comment on the appearance of others, and take a tour around Jane Austen’s Steventon.
Jane Austen’s Regency World is published six times a year in Bath, England, and is mailed to fans of Jane Austen and the Georgian/Regency era worldwide.