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The Sense and Sensibility Display in the Dining Room

January 22, 2012

The Museum has now adopted the wall in the Dining Room as a space for a small explanatory exhibits, based on its chosen theme for each year.

Last year,  the Museum celebrated the 200th Anniversary of the first publication of Sense and Sensibility, the first of Jane Austen’s novels to appear in print, and it commissioned a partly interactive, partly static display on this theme for this space.

The two large wall panels

explained the history of the composition and of the publication of Sense and Sensibility.

In addition,  a small laminated booklet of important and significant quotes from the novel illustrated with appropriate drawings was available on a stand near the wall exhibit,  for visitors to read at their leisure.

The exhibit was designed by Michael Cashman of Far Post,

a company which specialises in designing displays for museums.

The designs were  based on the coloured illustrations by the brothers, Charles Edmund ( C. E.) and  Henry  Matthew (H. M.) Brock of Cambridge. These  were included in the 1898 edition of the novel published by Dent and Company.

They were all taken from the copy in the Museum’s collection, allowing us to share this beautiful edition with our visitors without harming the original.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Cathy Allen permalink
    January 25, 2012 12:57 am

    This is a really lovely display, and Michael Cashman is to be congratulated for it. I read every word (as I will not be in the neighborhood in the foreseeable future — it being about a 10 hour flight from Southern California 🙂 ) and enjoyed it all immensely. Thank you for including the photographs so I could do it!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      January 28, 2012 3:53 pm

      So glad that you could enjoy everything at such a distance, Cathy. It’s a great way to be able to share our exhibits, and explain them to you.

  2. January 28, 2012 1:49 pm

    I love the display, and can imagine what the one for Pride and Prejudice will look like in 2013!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      January 28, 2012 3:55 pm

      Thank you, Vic. And yes, wew have lots of treasures in store for 2013, so watch this space! In the meantime, during 2012 we will be concentrating on Jane’s family… More on this to come very soon.

  3. January 28, 2012 5:12 pm

    A wonderful display. Those illustrations are really outstanding!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      January 29, 2012 12:50 pm

      Thank you, Ruth, that’s vey kind of you. We love the illustrations to and think they look spectacular.

  4. January 28, 2012 6:35 pm

    It is a gorgeous display!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      January 29, 2012 12:51 pm

      Thank you, Cinthia. That’s vey kind of you, and thank you for taking the time to comment.


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