Jane Austen's House Museum

Regency Week Talk: Understanding your Muslin

Shopping and Sewing in Austen with Dr Serena Dyer, part of Jane Austen Regency Week 2018

'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.

Book via the Jane Austen Regency Week Website or by calling the Alton Community Centre Box Office on 01420 85057.

Event Details


Saturday 23 June 2018, from 2pm until 3.30pm


Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton, GU34 1SD


Tickets: £10 (excludes Museum entry)

Further information

Further information is available on the website http://www.janeaustenregencyweek.co.uk/community/jane-austen-regency-week-13273/events/understanding-your-muslin-74217


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The Jane Austen Regency Week is run on a non-commercial basis by a group of volunteers and participating organisations. It is funded through ticket sales, grants from Alton Town Council and East Hampshire District Council, and by advertisers in our programme.

Details of all Jane Austen Regency Week events are available on the website www.janeaustenregencyweek.co.uk


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