Take Your Favourite Period with You on a Picnic – New exhibition at the Museum of Creativity –

Dear Regency Enthusiast

With winter drawing to a close, it’s time to make plans for spring. How about a picnic in Regency attire? Surprise your friends by bringing Regency-themed decoration, e.g. beverage coasters. These useful items can easily be designed with a photo transfer medium.

The new exhibition “Take Your Favourite Period with You on a Picnic” by Jacques Kee provides ideas for designs inspired by the Romantic Age, and also a step-by-step tutorial.

Check them out at the latest exhibition at the Museum of Creativity and even try your hand at photo transferring yourself.

Click here to directly enter “Take Your Favourite Period with You on a Picnic”.

Enjoy the exhibition!



Anna M Thane

Jane Austen Bicentennial: The 12 Best Film Locations to Visit in 2017

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. This is the perfect occasion for all Janeites and Regency Enthusiasts to make this year special for you by visiting the 12 best film locations of Jane Austen adaptations. The trip will lead you to the most beautiful places of England with lots of 18th-century history. Continue reading

Schedule your Regency year 2017: 29 Events to Go to for Janeites and Regency Enthusiasts

Dear Regency Enthusiast

Schedule you Regency year 2017! There are plenty of events related to the Regency period and the Georgian Age to enjoy. I have compiled a selection of 28 events, from architecture to theatre, announced in Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA.
As this year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, Janeites will be especially busy. I have created an extra list for you for a quick and easy overview.  Continue reading

The world of fashion in the 18th century – Part 2: Accessories for Ladies

introFemale fashion of the 18th century featured a fabulous wealth of accessories. This post looks at shoes, gloves, hats, fichus, jewellery and many other beautiful fashion items from about 1750 to 1825. Follow me to the world of accessories for ladies. Continue reading

Ladies‘ Fashion: The Gown in the Romantic Age

bild1Women’s gowns changed significantly throughout the Romantic Age. Until about 1780, France had been the ‘Kingdom of fashion’. Everybody had copied French designs and styles. With the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon to power, three things happened:

  • Aristocratic fashion with its excessive use of lace, brocade and silk fell out-of favour. Fashion adopted ideas of freedom, love of nature and early-democratic cultures such as Roman and Grecian antiquity.
  • French fashion leaders and their modistes fled from Paris to London. London became the new centre of fashion.
  • Napoleon’s Continental System blocked England from its previous market places for cloth. England’s search for new commercial partners led to the discovery of new fabrics for fashion. These allowed for new styles and cuts.

I have compiled a selection of photos of beautiful women’s gowns of 1740 – 1825. Follow me to the world of ladies’ fashion. Continue reading

Brighten the Dark Winter Days with Regency-Inspired Paper Lanterns

New exhibition at the Museum of Creativity

gruppeglow1When the days are shortest, the golden light of candles and lanterns offers cosiness and comfort. This is as true today as it was 230 years ago. Actually, transparent lamps, candle shades, lanterns, and fire screens became a household-favourite form the late 18th century. They were called transparencies, and genteel ladies created them for festivities or to brighten the long, dark winter month.

Once, transparencies were made of thin painted paper or cloth. The translucent effect was achieved by mixing the colours with mastic varnish or burnt lined oil, and by applying a touch of spirit of turpentine to all things on the picture that should glow especially light, e.g. the moon, and illuminated windows. Popular ground colours were Prussian blue, Burnt Sienna, Verdigris and Ivory Black.

Today, we can cheat a bit by using our favourite photos, fresh from the inkjet printer. For this year’s Christmas Season I have created several designs for translucent paper lanterns – Austenesque, Gothic and Baroque. Check them out at the latest exhibition at the Museum of Creativity and even try your hand at paper lantern design yourself.

Best regards

Anna M. Thane

What to read in November? – New Non-Fiction Books about the Georgian Age

2016-novemberEach month at Regency Explorer, I provide Regency Enthusiasts with a summary of the new non-fiction books about the Georgian Age.

Click here  to go directly to the updated list with a selection of new releases scheduled for November.

Which is your favourite new release of the month? Mine is – well, I can’t decide. I have two favourites. Continue reading

Regency Catalogue User’s Guide

Tap into the Sources of Regency Explorer

Readers of Regency Explorer are familiar with the Bibliography page and the page about new releases of non-fiction books about the Regency period. Also, in my posts about historical facts you find the sources I used at the end of the text. Over time, a broad range of sources and literature references has accumulated. In order to make this information more accessible and usable for anyone interested in the Regency, I am currently gathering and listing all sources in the Virtual Regency Catalogue.

New Tag Cloud for Easy Access

For finding your way around the catalogue and getting quickly to the information relevant for you, please use the tag cloud on the right. Clicking on the relevant tag will give you a list of the sources related to the required topic.

The Female Instructor; Or, Young Woman’s Companion

The Female Instructor; Or, Young Woman’s Companion: Being a Guide to All the Accomplishments which Adorn the Female Character

Nuttall, Fisher, and Dixon; 1811

The book was helpful for writing my post “A Writer’s Travel Guide: 10 Facts about the Famed and Famous World of the Theatre”. You can read it online here.

Cayley, G: On Aerial Navigation

Sir George Cayley

On Aerial Navigation

Published in
A Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and the Arts, 1810

This paper from 1810 was vital for writing my post “The Origin of Now (Part 3) – The Man Who Understood Why Airplanes Fly”.