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An impression of 18th century Bath
An impression of 18th century Bath

Press Release - 17 February 2006

Free lecture: Strangers in 18th century Bath

Local author, Trevor Fawcett, will give an insight into the side of Bath that didn’t make it into Jane Austen’s novels. The free public lecture, Strangers in 18th century Bath, will be held at the University of Bath on Wednesday 22 February.

For many people their impression of 18th century Bath is of the world created by Austen through the novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. However, it was a much more cosmopolitan place than the novels suggest, attracting visitors and residents from all over the world.

In his lecture, Mr Fawcett will outline their varied contribution to the Georgian era. He will look in detail at the French émigrés, mostly aristocrats and priests who came to take refuge from the French Revolution, and black people, who came to Bath as servants and labourers.

Mr Fawcett said: “These are people not usually associated with 18th century Bath, but they made a real contribution to the city. They don’t often feature in literature and illustrations of the day but their presence is well-documented in newspapers, personal letters and diaries.”

A keen historian, Mr Fawcett has researched Bath’s past since arriving in the city 20 years ago. He founded the History of Bath Research Group and is the former editor of the journal Bath History. Mr Fawcett has published widely on Georgian Bath, his most recent book, Bath Commercialised, focuses on the shops and trades of Georgian Bath.

Admission to the talk is free, and people can just turn up on the evening. Free parking available in the West Car Park. All lectures run from 5.15pm until 6.15pm in the lecture hall 8 West 1.1 on the Claverton campus.

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