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Jane Austen knew Bath well. Deemed to be England’s leading spa throughout the eighteenth and into the nineteenth-century, the city and her experience of it was important for her work. In this month's Musings our new guest blogger, walking tour guide Dr Moira Rudolf, takes a look at the baths of Bath, both as Jane would have known them and as they are today.

Embroidery was the height of fashion in Jane Austen’s time and every lady was expected to learn to do 'fancy work'. In this month’s ‘Musings’, Alison Larkin, co-author of Jane Austen Embroidery (along with another of our guest bloggers, Professor Jennie Batchelor) and an expert embroiderer herself, gives us a fascinating insight into the art of embroidery in Georgian England.

With his series of seasonal stories, Charles Dickens very successfully laid claim to Christmas, and ever since we have been led to believe that all we know and love of the season is a Victorian affair. Yet, writes freelance journalist and author Sarah Jane Downing in this month’s blog, there are many traditions that we hold today that would have been familiar to Jane Austen and her contemporaries.

Sewing was a necessity in Jane Austen’s time and our favourite author was as skilled with a needle as she was with a pen. In this month’s ‘Musings’, expert embroiderer and co-author of Jane Austen Embroidery (along with another of our guest bloggers, Professor Jennie Batchelor) gives us a fascinating insight into how stitching was taught in Georgian England.

In this month's blog, Jennie Batchelor,  Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Kent, looks at how Jane Austen's love of walking found its way into her novels and offers a glimpse inside the wardrobe of a fashionable Regency walker.

Second only to her sister Cassandra, Martha Lloyd (1765-1843) seems to have been Jane Austen's dearest friend. This month our guest blogger, Zoe Wheddon, author of Jane Austen's Best Friend; The Life and Influence of Martha Lloyd, muses on their long and precious friendship