Scan Magazine, Issue 101, June 2017

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Romantic Getaways and Hidden Gems in Sweden Photo: Skoklosters Slott

The imaginative world of Jane Austen This summer, visitors at Skokloster Castle have the chance to explore the lifestyle, dilemmas and fashion from the early 1800s. In the new exhibition Jane Austen’s World, much-loved fictional characters such as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy will come to life. By Malin Norman |

Photos: Jens Mohr

English novelist Jane Austen has been celebrated for her novels exploring women’s dependence on marriage in the pursuit of social standing and economic security. Despite their historic setting, Austen’s stories include situations still of interest in today’s society, and her books have inspired famous films with the likes of Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, who became famous overnight for his role as Mr. Darcy. 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and she will be celebrated extensively across the world. Skokloster Castle will be hosting Jane Austen’s World with iconic costumes from films based on her novels Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion and Emma. Curator Petri Tigercrona is excited about the themed 76 |

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display, which runs from 1 June to 1 October. “Skokloster Castle could easily have been featured in a Jane Austen novel, with its historic past and fantastic Regency atmosphere,” he says. “The exhibition will take place in the guest suites, a section of the palace that is not normally open to the public. We hope that lots of people will come to visit us and expect some to even dress up in clothes typical of that era, adding some extra spice!” The exhibition will be opened by the British ambassador and brings activities such as afternoon tea, music and dance performances, lectures, guided tours and fashion shows. Tigercrona especially recommends the highly anticipated Jane Austen Ball on 19 August. “We haven’t had a festive ball at the castle in a very long time, so this will be an amazing event!”

Dating back to the 1600s and the Swedish Age of Greatness, Skokloster is the biggest private castle ever built in Sweden and was once the home of the prestigious Brahe family. Considered one of Europe’s greatest Baroque-style castles, there is plenty to explore, such as original interiors, well-preserved furnishings and paintings. Located next to Lake Mälaren, Skokloster Castle is surrounded by a beautiful park and lush nature and is easily accessible from both Stockholm and Uppsala.

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