Special Interest

““...the sight of all the ingenious contrivances and nice arrangements.””
                                                         Persuasion, Vol. IV, Ch. 11

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Pelisse as Previously Replicated © Hilary Davidson
Pelisse Replica & Regency Room
Thursday, Sept. 27 through Saturday, Sept. 29

We are fortunate to display the new Jane Austen Pelisse Replica, soon to be constructed by Hilary Davidson for Jane Austen’s House Museum under license from the Hampshire Cultural Trust. The garment will hold pride of place in our display of Regency attire representing the various social classes and characters in Persuasion. See the pelisse in the good company of garments for Regency men, women and children. Note the special Regency Room hours posted at the door and printed in the AGM program.

Suggested pre-read: “Reconstructing Jane Austen’s Silk Pelisse, 1812-1814” by Hilary Davidson.

Pelisse Quilt Conversation
Thursday Afternoon, Sept. 27

Join expert quilt artist Cheryl Neruda (Idaho Region) in the Regency Room for an impromptu conversation about the design and construction of the 2018 AGM Pelisse Quilt. Hear Cheryl’s thought process for selecting the center medallion and fabrics to complement the pelisse replica fabric--even before the featured fabric was reproduced in England.

Learn how you could win this one-of-a-kind quilt! Details at the AGM Reception Desk.

© Sony Classics Pictures
Persuasion Film Screening
Thursday Evening, Sept. 27

The only thing better than watching a Jane Austen film adaptation is doing so in “the best of company”—your JASNA colleagues! Enjoy the 1995 film version of Persuasion starring Amanda Root as the quintessential Anne Elliot and Ciarán Hinds as the steadfast Captain Wentworth. (Don’t forget to register for Amanda Root’s Guest Appearance earlier this same evening.)


Upper Assembly Rooms, Bath © Allan Soedring
An Evening in Bath’s Assembly Rooms:
Lecture & Period Music Concert

Friday Evening, September 28

By the time Jane Austen came to Bath, the city had two Assembly Rooms: Upper and Lower. The Upper or “New” Assembly Rooms were located in the fashionable area at the end of The Circus, near the Royal Crescent. This is where Austen set the memorable concert scene between Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth. Join Jeffrey Nigro (Greater Chicago Region) for an illustrated pre-concert lecture including the role of these elegant rooms in Bath society.

Following the lecture and the arrival of the Dowager Viscountess Lady Dalrymple, Lidia Chang (Massachusetts Region) and Ensemble Musica Humana will present a well-researched concert based on programs actually performed at the Bath Assembly Rooms. Close your eyes and let the period instruments transport you to the Upper Rooms.


Jane Austen Pub Quiz
Saturday Evening, Sept. 30

Grab your favorite beverage during the pre-banquet Social Hour and join British quiz host Tom Kelly for a Jane Austen version of the classic Pub Quiz. Plan ahead to form a team of up to 6 players in advance, or simply join a table at the “pub.” Keep those cell phones in your reticules and waistcoats—we’re competing for top prizes. Spectators are welcome!

Let There Be Light: Lighting in
the Time & Novels of Jane Austen

Saturday Evening, Sept. 29

Collections Volunteer Sue Dell of Jane Austen’s House Museum examines different types of lighting available during the author’s lifetime. Learn how various lighting devices were made, what they reflected about social class, and what lighting changes the author witnessed. An examination of the light and lighting references in Austen’s novels reveals concepts that normally escape the modern reader, but would have been obvious to Austen’s contemporaries.


Neptune Fountain, Country Club Plaza