Longbourn is For Sale and You Too Can Party Like a Bennet

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A couple of months ago, I wrote about Regency Encounters, the event planning company who specializes in Regency era events, and the rumours they were planning on doing a Kickstarter to purchase the house used as Longbourn in the 1995 mini-series of Pride and Prejudice.

Reader, it is no joke. Melanie Kerr (akaTara Rout), the proprietress of Regency Encounters, has a Kickstarter running to do just that.

Set as an all or nothing goal, Kerr has ambitiously set the bar to raise $8.5M CND for the project. According to the Kickstarter information,

Luckily, the house itself is in great condition. The only work it needs is cosmetic, to make it look as it did in Pride & Prejudice. We will be incorporating in Britain, and using the equity in the house to finance its operations in the beginning. We have the key staff members in place, being the housekeeper, caretaker, manager and lead costumier. With these key people in place, we will be able to launch very soon after taking possession of the house.

So there you have it. Packages run from $5 CND for a Facebook frame to $13K CND for a full on wedding experience. Kerr promises there will be events held nearly every day and it will be a real life Austenland that will be resplendent in Pride and Prejudice glory.

The Kickstarter is set to end on July 10.

For more information, visit the Kickstarter page or follow Regency Encounters on Twitter, Insta, and Facebook.

 

A Masters Degree in Jane Austen

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A couple of months ago, I wrote about the FutureLearn MOOC (massive online open course) “Jane Austen: Myth, Reality, and Global Celebrity, a free multiweek course covering Austen and her status in pop culture. (Alas, I signed up and never completed the course but if you did and want to write a blog post about your experience, let me know!)

Anywho, it shant be no surprise then to discover that you can now get a Masters of Arts on the great lady herself! Taught at the University of Southampton, the one year MA program utilizes not only top scholars on Austen but also access to the Chawton House archives and library.

In the 200 years since Jane Austen’s death, she has gone from being a moderately successful, anonymous writer to a global literary celebrity. This unique new MA, the first of its kind in the world, will help you discover how and why. Giving you unique access to literary archives at Chawton House – former home of Austen’s brother – and offering specialist tuition by a range of Austen experts, this innovative new programme will transform your understanding of Austen’s work, culture, and reception.

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The programme combines academic and practical approaches, marrying the study of eighteenth-century culture and a range of modern scholarly approaches to Austen with insights into the heritage industry and literary tourism, and providing you with a broad set of skills. You will be taught by a team of specialists from the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton who have published broadly on Austen, and who have experience of working in heritage positions. In addition, you will enjoy a lively programme of relevant events put on by the Southampton Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and have unique access to the archives at Chawton House, former home of Austen’s brother, and now an internationally-recognised research centre for the study of early women’s writing.

How cool is this? Sadly, I won’t be able to make it over to England to get my third Masters (yes, I have two already! One can never have enough Masters it seems) no matter how inviting the course looks and sadly it is not available solely online. Here are a list of modules you can take, how to fund the course, and what you can do with the degree. Even more information is available on the program’s website.

Applications opened in May and you can contact the college for more information.

Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters links for June 24, 2018

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Here are your Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters related links for the week:

The Emily Bronte Rose

Doesn’t this sound familiar? Last year I discovered there is a Jane Austen AND Pride and Prejudice rose varieties and it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, truly it isn’t, to find out David Austin, fine breeders of English roses, has bred an Emily Bronte rose “delicious hints of lemon and grapefruit.” Now, I’m not a fan of roses, we once had an attack rose bush that loved pricking me whenever I walked by it, but I can get behind this fragrance.

An exceptionally beautiful rose; the distinctive blooms are very neat and rather flat. Each bloom is a lovely soft pink, with a subtle apricot hue, the smaller central petals deepening to rich apricot and surrounding a button eye, which unfurls to reveal deep-set stamens. The strong Tea fragrance becomes more Old Rose, with delicious hints of lemon and grapefruit. It forms a bushy shrub with strong, healthy, upright growth.

The roses are available to be shipped in the UK and Europe but unfortunately, they are not available in the US.

Pembertea: The Great Unboxing

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Last month, I wrote about a new Jane Austen / Tea monthly subscription box by Pembertea. Subscription boxes are pretty awesome—every month (or quarter or whatever the time frame is) you receive a box in the mail on a particular theme. For Pembertea, the main theme is Jane Austen with a side of tea along with a specific monthly theme.

“Books, Tea and Austen are our spirit animals.” is their motto.

Pembertea reached out to me after the post was published and offered to send me a few boxes to review which I gladly took them up on their offer. This post is an honest review of those boxes.

Reader, they are exquisite.

Pembertea sent me two boxes, April and May 2018.

The boxes arrived in a branded mailing box.

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First up is April.

The treats in each boxed are delicately wrapped and when opened, the delights are thoughtfully and carefully packed.

Pembertea April box part 1

 

April’s theme was “Emma” so the box contained all things Emma.

Pembertea April 2018 part 2

There is a tea strainer, tea, a bracelet charm, an Emma candle, Emma air freshner, and finally an Emma bookmark.

May’s was especially a delight as it celebrated  “Music, Mothers, and Matrimony.”

Pembertea May box part 1

It was especially adorable since Pembertea included buttons of Harry & Meghan to celebrate the Royal Wedding.

Pembertea May box part 2

Frameable music sheet, Austen soap, tea, Darcy pillowcase, bracelet charm, and Harry & Meghan buttons.

Overall, the boxes are divine. The items are thoughtfully curated and well made. I liked that the months I received were timely, Harry & Meghan!, other than the bracelet charm and tea which are constant, the boxes were wholly unique and catered to that month’s theme.

I love how involved they are within the Janeite community and their dedication to Austen (and tea) is evident in the items they choose for that particular month.

Pembertea also sells clothing, mugs, and other gifts as well as you can buy previous month’s boxes and specialty boxes.

The boxes are monthly and are $35 which for the amount of stuff you get is a great deal. If you prefer to order the boxes by theme instead of month, Pembertea has created a list of 2018’s boxes here.

This box is especially necessary for Austen fans as well as fans of Regency era gifts and most importantly, tea.

You can find Pembertea on their website, Facebook (where they post memes and all things Austen in addition to their wares), Twitter, and Instagram.