“Do you understand muslins, sir?” – so asks Mrs Allen of Mr Tilney in Northanger Abbey. In this talk, presented by Dr Serena Dyer, you will learn all you need to know to satisfy Mrs Allen with your answer. Illustrated using reproduction garments and accessories, this talk will explain how eighteenth-century shoppers went about buying and making fashionable clothes. From how to tell an Indian muslin from a Manchester cotton, to how Jane Austen’s aunt, Mrs Leigh-Perrot, may have got away with shoplifting from a milliner, this talk will equip you with the knowledge you would need to take a shopping trip down the streets of Austen’s Bath - or Alton!
Dr Serena Dyer is a historian of fashion and shopping in eighteenth-century Britain. She is an Associate Fellow of the University of Warwick and Curator of the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture.
Tickets £10.00 (which does not include entry to the House)
Pre booking required, please call Marie Kellie on 01420 85057 to book your place.