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Lacock lifts lid on world of Mr Darcy
10:50am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
Visitors to Lacock can discover the world of Mr Darcy and imagine walking in the streets of Meryton as the National Trust village celebrates the 200 year anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Lacock is a popular film destination, where screen favourites like Harry Potter and costume dramas, including Cranford, Moll Flanders and the 1995 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice, starring heart-throb Colin Firth, were filmed.
Visitors can find out more about the novel in an exhibition in the medieval cloisters of Lacock Abbey and afterwards follow a costume drama location trail in the picturesque historic village.
The travelling exhibition Pride and Prejudice 200 has been touring the UK throughout 2013, celebrating the novel’s anniversary, and can now be seen in the Chapter House of the medieval cloisters at Lacock Abbey until October 7.
Organised by the Jane Austen’s House Museum, the exhibition celebrates all facets of the book, the themes of the story, characters, and highlights from TV and film adaptations.
The exhibition has panels in shape of pages, which are joined together as a book, and allow visitors to become Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy, or on a different page, Lydia and Mr Wickham.
Film fans can dive into the world of period drama on the Lacock village costume drama trail and find locations where not only Pride and Prejudice were filmed but also Cranford and Moll Flanders.
Visitors can find out where Judi Dench would enjoy a spot of knitting and why the streets were filled with snow – twice – during mid-summer.
Kristine Heuser, marketing and communications officer at Lacock. said: “Walking among the timber-framed houses of Lacock village is like stepping into a Jane Austen novel itself. It is to no surprise that the BBC chose it for the fictional village of Meryton, where the Bennet sisters would shop and attend balls.
“We often get asked about filming here at Lacock and this is a great chance for us to tell the stories and let visitors discover the locations first hand.”
Pride and Prejudice 200 is open from 10.30am to 5.30pm in the Chapter House of Lacock Abbey until October 7.
The Lacock village costume drama film trail runs until September 27 daily. Pick up your free self-led trail in the Visitor Reception of the Fox Talbot Museum, the Stables tea room or the National Trust High Street shop.
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