LYME PARK CELEBRATES 200 YEARS OF ‘PRIDE AND PREJUDICE’ WITH ‘THE ONLY WAY IS PEMBERLEY’ FEATURING MATT BLONC
Every weekend from 2 November 2013 – 16 February 2014, 11am – 3pm (last entry)
Matt’s photographs of Lyme Hall and gardens will feature this celebration as his photographs inspired magnificent view of Lyme hall, his work was described as by the National Trust as:-
His bold and vivid photographs capture the iconic views and landscapes Jane Austen so colourfully describes and Elizabeth Bennet so understandably falls in love with.
It’s nearly two decades since Lyme Park featured as ‘Pemberley’ in the 1995 BBC television adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Yet today it is still remembered as the backdrop to the scene when a soaking wet Mr Darcy, (played by Colin Firth), emerged from his swim in the lake to meet a startled Elizabeth Bennet (played by Jennifer Ehle). “We still get hundreds of people asking about Darcy and Lyme’s part in the TV series” says Anthony Willder, Lyme’s Commercial Manager.
“In fact a poll earlier this year put this scene at the top of the most memorable TV drama moments of all time, despite several other film versions of the book since then.” In homage to ‘Pride and Prejudice’ in the 200th anniversary year of its publication, Lyme Park has embraced all things Austen with its 2013 winter exhibition,
‘The Only Way is Pemberley’
Caroline Heap is Lyme’s Visitor Experience Manager who’s organising the event. “We’ve been really lucky and have eight gorgeous costumes from the BBC series to go on display” says Caroline. “They include the shirt worn by Colin Firth in the famous lakeside scene, as well as Elizabeth Bennet’s wedding dress. We’ll also have Regency costumes to try on, a Pemberley walking trail across the estate, a display of contemporary art on the theme of
Lyme’s links to ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and a quirky travelling exhibition on loan from ‘Jane Austen’s House Museum’, which allows you to walk through the pages of a giant book to find out about Jane Austen, her novels and film adaptations of ‘Pride and Prejudice’.”
On most weekends between 2 November and 16 February next year, Lyme will also be offering a light hearted look at the Regency world inhabited by Jane Austen and her characters, focusing on particular themes. These include Regency dancing and food, a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the filming for the
1995 BBC series, a chance to meet experts from the Jane Austen society, and a Regency military re-enactment with members of His Majesty’s 33rd Regiment of Foot! Lyme’s Christmas celebrations and Valentine’s Day in February will also link to ‘The Only Way is Pemberley’.
We’re following this on 9 – 10 November with a ‘Ladies’ Day Weekend’ looking at how Regency ladies spent their leisure time – and of course you can dress up in period costume and really look the part! We’re also pleased to welcome local author Amanda Grange who’ll be signing copies of her best seller, ‘Mr Darcy’s Diary’.”