Jane Austen's Bath
4 July – 4 October 2015
Presenting the city as Austen would have seen it, to mark the 240th anniversary year of her birth.
Jane Austen's first documented trip to Bath was in 1797 when she was 22, but members of her family had been living in the city for years so it is likely she had already visited during childhood. Between 1801 and 1805 the writer made Bath her permanent residence and – while she didn't publish much work during this period – she was inspired by her experiences there.
Austen's novels Persuasion and Northanger Abbey both feature the city; her characters arrive in search of love, entertainment and the chance to meet new people. The writer clearly saw Bath as an exciting modern city that offered an escape from the drudgery of everyday life.
Through a display of watercolours, prints, manuscripts and letters that Austen wrote to her sister back in London, this exhibition reimagines Bath as it would have been seen through her eyes at the turn of the 19th-century.