|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|In Conversation & Lunch with Moira Rudolf||£50.00 per ticket|
Your ticket will include: tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival, a talk by Dr Moira Rudolf, and a three-course Michelin-star lunch served with a glass of house wine followed by coffee and petits fours
Join Dr Moira Rudolf for an afternoon discussing Jane’s family background, her five years (1801-1806) in Bath, preferred entertainments, allies and love(s), focussing particularly on the two ‘Bath Books’: Northanger Abbey (drafted 1798/99, originally titled Susan) and Persuasion, her last complete novel, begun some seventeen years later, after she had already lived in Bath. Moira will also draw upon Jane’s lively, gossipy letters.
Of Jane’s six complete novels, Northanger and Persuasion were the only two which were not published in her lifetime and the first to come out in her own name. It is interesting that her contrasting attitudes towards Bath are mirrored by those of her heroines, Catherine Morland and Anne Elliot.
Even today, Jane’s footsteps are all over the city and many of the places she mentions are still easy to find and identify: the New or Upper Rooms, for instance, then so-called to distinguish them from the long-demolished Lower Rooms in the lower part of the town. The New Rooms are known today as The Assembly Rooms; they house the wonderful Fashion Museum in the basement, but if Jane were to wander into the splendid double-height principal rooms now, she would certainly recognise the beautifully restored Ballroom, Card Room and Tea Room.
Jane would also recognise the Gravel Walk – where Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth were finally able to talk about their feelings for each other – and the Pump Room, Abbey Church Yard (opened Christmas 1795), where Jane accompanied her uncle, James Leigh Perrot, for his second glass of curative mineral water of the day.
She would probably be delighted with the refurbishment of her favourite house in Bath, 4 Sydney Place as well as that of Sydney Gardens, though it is likely she would be both astonished and amused by the vast industry which has sprung up in her honour.
Dr Moira Rudolf, Independent Bath Guide and Jane Austen Centre Walking Tour Guide, first trained as an architectural historian, specialising in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (University of Manchester, Department of History of Art; University of London, Courtauld Institute). She has an (almost lifelong) enthusiasm for the architectural/social history of Bath, having fallen in love with the city at the age of five, and – a little later – with the life, works and wit of Jane Austen.
Moira will arrive to greet guests and will be appropriately costumed in her promenading dress, bonnet and pearls. She will, of course, be happy to answer any questions.