Jane Austen at the City Museum

Step back to the elegant Regency era with actors from the Phoenix Theatre Company who will be at the City Museum on Saturday 17 September 2005 to give fun, interactive lively presentations about Jane Austen's life and times in Winchester.

Performance times: 11am, 12noon, 1.00pm, 2.30pm. 3.30pm.

Winchester City Council's Museum Service will also be hosting a group of Regency dancers in period costume. Learn how people danced in Regency times and have a go at a quadrille or cotillion yourself! Find out about the etiquette required in polite company of the period and discover where people danced in Winchester in the early 19th century

Performance times: 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

Jane Austen stayed in College Street, Winchester, not far from the museum which houses a small collection of Jane Austen memorabilia, including a poem handwritten by Jane while she was living in the city.

A small exhibition of historical documents from Hampshire Record Office, including engravings, parish register extracts and maps, relating to Jane Austen's links with Hampshire and the Austen family, will also be on display.

Cllr. Therese Evans, the City Council's Portfolio Holder for Culture, Sport and Heritage said, "A visit to the City Museum will allow people to discover for themselves more about Jane Austen, one of Winchester's most celebrated residents, and about life and society in the early 19th century city. The opportunity to take part in these enjoyable activities should not be missed."

The special events are free and no booking is required.

Opening hours for the City Museum - 10.00-5.00 pm. Saturday 17 September 2005

Contact: Winchester Museum Service 01962 848 269, email: museums@winchester.gov.uk,