200 years of ‘Pride and Prejudice' at Lyme Park

Mr Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet at Lyme Park © Emma Williams

Mr Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet at Lyme Park

Latest update 30.10.2013 16:46

Weekends, 2 November 2013 to 16 February 2014, 11am – 3pm
*Also open 26–27 December 2013, 1 January 2014 and 14 February 2014

When Lyme Park featured as ‘Pemberley’ in the 1995 BBC television adaptation of ‘Pride and Prejudice’, little did anyone think that nearly two decades later it would still be remembered as the backdrop to the scene in which 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.

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’.

On weekends from 2 November to 16 February 2014, Lyme will offer a lighthearted look at the Regency world inhabited by Jane Austen and her characters. Each weekend will focus on a particular theme. Activities will include Regency dancing; Regency food; a chance to meet experts from the Jane Austen Society; and ‘behind the scenes’ memories of the filming of the 1995 BBC adaptation of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ at Lyme.

The Only Way is Pemberley

Caroline Heap, Lyme’s Visitor Experience Officer has been involved in organising ‘The Only Way is Pemberley’.

'We’re delighted to be able to display eight of the original costumes from the BBC adaptation of ‘Pride and Prejudice’, including the shirt worn by Colin Firth in the famous lakeside scene and Elizabeth Bennet’s wedding dress' says Caroline. 'We also have a wonderful travelling exhibition on loan from the Jane Austen House Museum. It’s in the shape of a giant copy of ‘Pride and Prejudice’. You’ll literally be able to walk through its pages, which contain information about the book and its characters, as well looking at other film adaptations of the story.'

Devotees of the 1995 BBC TV version of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ can watch a re-run on DVD; there’s a Pemberley Trail across Lyme estate looking at the various locations used in the TV adaptation; and if you’ve ever secretly harboured the desire to dress up in Regency costume, now you can with a selection of outfits for adults and children.

Caroline adds, 'We’ve also invited three artists specialising in photography, ceramics and print to come up with their own 21st-century take on Lyme’s links to ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Jazmin Velasco, Georgina Willows and Matt Blanc have produced some really interesting and thought-provoking work, which will be on display throughout the winter.'

Details and full programme available from the Lyme Park page.