An interactive discussion event concerning the clothes people wore under their formal attire.
“I hope you saw her petticoat, six inches deep in mud, I am absolutely certain; and the gown which had been let down to hide it not doing its office” Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice.
Petticoats, stays, drawers, corsets, pantaloons, chemise, shifts and let’s not forget the bustle! Come and join in a light hearted whimsical discussion about what might have been worn under ladies dresses and maybe even Jane herself in the early part of the 19th Century.
You might be interested to read a little about the history of the venue. The Alton Friends Meeting House is the second-oldest purpose-built Meeting House in the world that is still in use, built in 1672. Several of Alton's prominent historical figures were Quakers, including William Curtis, Jane Austen's doctor. Quakers were persecuted for many years, including the era when the Alton Meeting House was built - they had to wait until The Act of Toleration in 1689, offically allowing Quakers to meet without persecution. A certificate was issued stating that there was a Meeting House for the “people of God called Quakers in the town of Alton”.