Jane Austen at BRLSI



The Jane Austen Bath & Bristol Group has been going for more than 30 years. We offer talks and events which celebrate aspects of the novelist’s life and interests. Past events have included songs and piano music she would have known, the furniture she would have used, and the theatre and medicine of the period.


Jane Austen lived as a resident in Bath from 1801 to 1806 with summer trips and visits to family and friends. Although Bath features in her books, she herself was pleased to escape in July 1806. Her time here as a resident was difficult; Her father died, as did her best friend, and she had the care of her mother who was something of an valetudinarian! Her letters at this time reflect her impoverished status and the underlying sadness of her situation.


The group doesn’t have a joining fee but charges £10 for events and talks which come with tea and sandwiches and are open to everyone. We generally have two events, one in April and a summer one which can be anything from a picnic to a trip away somewhere. We also have a discussion afternoon in November. Events at BRLSI are on Saturdays in the Elwin Room at 3.0pm.


Programme 2019 ‘A Round of the Utmost Diversion.’

April 6th


Penelope Byrde, former curator of the Museum of Costume, will talk on the Social Life in Jane Austen’s Bath. 

Events are pay on the door, but please register your intention of coming (07929143512) as numbers for tea are required