Beneath their elegant gowns, Regency ladies wore layers of undergarments which gave a foundation to their dresses, helping them to maintain an elegant silhouette, preserve their modesty and keep warm.

In this display we uncover some of these private layers of clothing, from shifts and chemises to stays and petticoats. Discover how they were worn, what they felt like, and what they meant for daily life.

Rare examples of Regency underwear are displayed alongside iconic pieces from TV and film adaptations.

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Jane Austen's House

Winchester Road, Chawton, Hampshire, GU34 1SD

01420 83262


Opening times

Saturdays and Sundays only 10am-4.30pm until Mid April.

The House is currently undergoing major restoration work and, is covered in scaffolding.

The Museum will return to Wednesday to Sunday opening from Mid-April..

Please book a timed entry slot.

- Pre-booked timed tickets only to ensure limited numbers on site
- Restricted numbers in the main house at any one time
- Enhanced one-way system
- Visitors required to wear face coverings (disposable face masks available)
- 2-metre social distancing policy
- Hand sanitiser stations
- Thorough and frequent cleaning procedures
- Personal protective equipment for staff
- Contactless payment in the gift shop

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50% off entry
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