Dance like Mr Darcy

By on 25/08/2009 in News

Re-live the Regency Period on Bank Holiday Monday (31 August) with the Big Boulton Bash at Soho House.

You could even learn to move like Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy with workshops on how to dance in the styles of the late 18th and early 19th centuries taking place in the garden of Soho House throughout the event.

The classes will be organised by Cathy Greenhill of the Warwick Courtiers and will include elegant and energetic displays of cotillions, quadrilles and country dances.

A costumed character dressed as Matthew Boulton will be attending the event and greeting visitors to his former home, a butler will demonstrate how tea would have been served during the period and there will be live performances of historical music by Diabolus in Musica.

Visitors can have an 18th Century beauty makeover and children will be able to dress up in Georgian style clothing. 

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure Sport and Culture, said: “Wonderful family events such as this and the Selling what all the world desires exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery have successfully brought the life of Matthew Boulton, his achievements and the period he lived in to life. 

“It is great to see local people and visitors to the city finding out more about one of the founding fathers of Birmingham in such a fun and entertaining way”.

The Big Boulton Bash will be held at Soho House on Bank Holiday Monday (31 August, 12noon - 4pm, free admission)

For further details please visit or call Soho House on 0121 554 9122.

The exhibition Matthew Boulton: Selling what all the world desires is at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until 27 September, admission free.  For further details on the exhibition, visit or call 0121 303 1966.  It is part of a wider Celebration of Imagination campaign which recognises the great minds behind the innovations that defined the region.  The campaign includes events and activities taking place across the wider region for further information visit

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