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JANE AUSTENíS CHRISTMAS     

JANE AUSTENíS CHRISTMAS A History Wardrobe presentation
Festive pleasures in the Age of Elegance inspired by the life and writings of Jane Austen,

Friday 11 December 2009, 7.30pm
The Drill Hall, Lower Church Street, Chepstow
Tickets: £3, £2 concessions from Chepstow Museum tel:01291 625981

Step back in time to a Regency Christmas evening with costume historian Gillian Stapleton. Inspired by the life and writings of Jane Austen, this merry presentation brings to life festive pleasures in the Age of Elegance with details of delicious food, original party games, Regency Christmas gifts and a thrilling ghost story!

The Austen family certainly knew how to have fun in the festive season. They left many details about games, gifts and general jollification in their letters, diaries and in Jane’s novels.

Discover how to dress for a Christmas Party, find out Mrs Austen’s personal recipe for a pudding and see if you can decipher Jane’s own charades and party puzzles. Some lucky person may go home with a charming gift from the Regency version of pass-the-parcel, or try out the traditional game of ‘bullet pudding!’ Not forgetting the one tradition no old-time Christmas would have been without …. The ghost story!

‘What a very merry topic – it's a pleasure to present’ says Gillian who appears in reproduction costume of the period, and will also have original items to show the audience ‘All the joys of Christmas with the delights of Regency amusements thrown in for good measure. Modern–day audiences love the fact that there is nothing overly commercial about a Georgian Christmas... just pure delight in family and fireside comforts.’

This is another opportunity to explore the life and times, modes and manners of the Georgians who were the first to discover the delights of tourism in the Wye Valley. A seasonal event for the Overlooking the Wye Scheme’s programme of activities to complement the projects being undertaken in the Valley, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Tickets, £3 and £2 concesssion, are available now from Chepstow Museum, Bridge Street, tel: 01291 625981

 
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