Jane Austen’s tea drinking not under ‘interrogation’, says museum

Jane Austen’s tea drinking not under ‘interrogation’, says museum

The Guardian

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Jane Austen’s House says decision to update displays with information on slavery links have been ‘misrepresented’, including tea detail that was reported as ‘woke madness’

Staff at the museum Jane Austen’s House are reassuring fans of the Pride and Prejudice author that they have never and will never “interrogate Jane Austen, her characters or her readers for drinking tea”.

The museum issued the statement on Tuesday, after the Telegraph reported that Austen’s tea drinking would “face ‘historical interrogation’” by the museum over the author’s family’s links to slavery. The Express and Daily Mail reported on it as “woke madness”, “a revisionist attack” and “Black Lives Matter-inspired”.

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