City of Bath 1803 map

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The city of Bath has always been a social gathering place known for the hot springs which were believed to have medicinal (or even spiritual) properties. The social activities which were at the heart of life in Bath had to abide by a set of rules. Jane Austen’s novels which are set in the city of Bath convey humor and messages in the way they  bend or break these rules. Her life and novels in Bath are wrapped around the importance of groups and socializing. 

 

In today’s environment where large social gatherings are no longer possible, it is entertaining (and educational) to study what role social gatherings have historically played. By taking an in-depth look into the drama of the 19th century city of Bath, we learn how socializing played out in a different society. The virtual map is available for exploration - in this time when actual travel and exploration is not feasible.