This Friday the 18th July sounds as if it’s going to be a day of great fun at the Jane Austen House Museum.

There will be exhibitions of singing and dancing in period costume provided by The Madding Crowd a group of Regency music enthusiasts.

And there will be the opportunity to try your hand at ancient skills such as onion skin dyeing, lavender water making and peg doll making.

This year marks the launch of the museum’s brand new “handling sessions”.As the Museum’s blog explains:

These sessions allow people to pick up and touch real 200 year old objects from the museum’s handling collection. An experienced guide will help you explore what these objects tell us about the time of Jane Austen.

I think this is a marvellous way to bring history right into the hands and minds of young and old alike. I do wish I could go…..

In the evening there will be an harspichord recital by Dr Anthony Noble, the harpsichordist and musicologist who specialises in keyboard music of the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The evening will consist of a recital of French harpsichord music by François Couperin, Jacques Duphly Claude-Bénigne Balbastre as well as some of the Pieces de Viole of Antoine Forqueray, in the versions published by his son Jean-Baptiste Forqueray, certainly arranged for the harpsichord by Jean-Baptist’s second wife, the great harpsichordist Marie-Rose Dubois.

The concert begins at 7.00pm and the tickets are very reasonably priced at £10.00 each. (Concessions £7.50)