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MEDIA RELEASE - Be persuaded by all things Austen

9 August 2017

Jane Austen fans are invited to travel back to a bygone era and experience the fashion from another century as part of an upcoming exhibition in the Glenelg Shire.

From the 17 August to 14 September the Glenelg Libraries will play host to the Be Persuaded exhibition, a Jane Austen inspired collection curated by the Dressing Australia Museum of Costume.

Acting Information and Library Services Manager Tanya Flockhart said that the one of a kind exhibition was a must see for Austen lovers.

“Be Persuaded follows Jane's life, the unforgettable characters she created and the rare fashion accessories and ephemera from the 18th century,” she said.

“Pieces such as these are rarely on display outside of major museums. There is an 18th century silk gown, empire line frocks, spencers, capes and shawls, boots, bonnets and parasols - everything a lady of the era could have possibly wanted.

“Accompanying the exhibition will be a number of Jane Austen inspired events to help celebrate her 200th anniversary in style.

“All community members are invited to attend these free events however, just like 18th century etiquette, providing an RSVP is a must.”

The following events will be held during the Be Persuaded exhibition:

Opening Night of Be Persuaded - Exhibition curator Fiona Baverstock will present at the official opening of the exhibition on Thursday 17 August at the Portland Library from 5.30pm - 7pm.
Drinks and nibbles are included and RSVP essential by Thursday 10 August.
Contact the Glenelg Libraries on 5522 2265 to secure your place.

Supper with Miss Austen - Join in this Jane Austen inspired evening on Friday 1 September at the Portland Library from 6pm - 7.30pm.
Enjoy the fashion parade featuring dress of the Jane Austen period, play a game of Whist, test yourself with our quiz and make yourself a Austen inspired bonnet.
Drinks and nibbles are included and RSVP essential by Friday 25 August.
Contact the Glenelg Libraries on 5522 2265 to secure your place.

For further information on the Be Persuaded exhibition, please contact the Glenelg Libraries on 5522 2265.


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