Visitors to this exhibition may be surprised to learn that Jane Austen knew the town of Basingstoke well and attended dances in its Assembly Rooms. Austen wrote about the world she knew, and that most definitely included how one behaved at a ball, what one wore and what one ate – the gentry, the gowns and the gossip will all be explored in this exhibition. She was an avid consumer herself, and her letters evoke the period with descriptions of what she wore and when.
Retail and Romance: Jane goes to the Ball
Location: Willis Museum, Sainsbury Gallery, Market Square, Basingstoke, RG21 7QD
Start date: 29/07/2017
End date: 07/10/2017
Start time: 09:00
End time: 17:00