Welcome to Austen’s England & The Open Palace Programme

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Austen's England & The Open Palace Programme

“Well folks, we’re a bit delayed because the airplane navigation lights aren’t working, but we’ll be fine.” I’d been lost in the book on my lap for the last 45 minutes when the captain’s announcement…

Finding Comfort Across the Globe: Bryson & The Roman Baths

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Austen's England & The Open Palace Programme

I’d been feeling nervous and jittery, and beginning to wonder if I’d made an enormous mistake when 4 simple words dispelled my anxiety. Only hours ago I’d arrived in a new city, been introduced to…

Bath: It’s All A Facade (OPP Day 1)

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Austen's England & The Open Palace Programme

If you take the time to wander around Bath, You’ll probably get lost You’ll begin to notice that everything. looks. the same., and You’ll feel so relaxed you won’t mind. Let me be the first…

Author Footsteps: Learn about Jane Austen in Bath

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Austen's England & The Open Palace Programme

Jane Austen never really liked Bath, and didn’t do much writing while living there. Despite her disdain, Bath has become one of the more popular destinations for Austen fans. Not only did Austen live in Bath for a time, but she also set scenes in the city in several of her novels. Despite recognizing the absurdity of memorializing the author in a place she was happy to leave, I spent some time visiting several locations in Bath related to Austen and her brilliant heroines, starting with the Jane Austen Centre.

Preservation of a Bibliophile’s Retreat

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Austen's England & The Open Palace Programme

Have you ever thought about what goes into the preservation of the historic author museums we all love to visit? Let me tell you, so much more goes on behind the scenes than you’ll ever realize during your visit.

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