Red House, bringing history to life

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THIS year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s first novel Sense and Sensibility, so it was quite fitting that the Red House Museum in Gomersal organised a talk on her life and a Costume Historian presentation by Gillian Stapleton last Saturday.

Jane Austen was born in 1775, she completed six novels and left one unfinished.

She lived at a time of industrial change, the likes of which had never been seen before.

The English and French were at war and military influences on fashion were evident in the production of bags, hats, jackets, gloves, corsets and fans.

The influence of the French Revolution saw aristocratic women having their hair cropped and the wearing of blood red chokers around their neck in sympathy with those who were sentenced to death by the guillotine.

Terms such as straight-laced and pin money, commonly used today, emanate from the fashionable days of Jane Austen.

Events at Red House are always a joy and you can now buy an annual ticket for both Red House and Oakwell Hall which gives unlimited entry at the price of £6 for an adult, £2.50 for a child, or a family ticket of £14.50.

The family ticket includes two adults and up to four children – 50 per cent discount with a Kirklees Passport.

The normal admission charge, without an annual ticket, is £2.50 for adults, £1 for children and £6 for a family. If you have a bit of spare time, why not become a friend of Red House Museum? For details ring the museum on 01274 335100.

JOHN APPLEYARD

Firthcliffe Parade

LIVERSEDGE