The Real Downton Abbey: Life in an English Country House

Edwardian England was the heyday of the country house. For the aristocracy it was a life of extravagance and luxury. But for those who kept these grand estates running, it was a very different world. Life below stairs meant 17-hour days, endless drudgery, and always knowing your place. This presentation lets the audience experience what it was really like to work ‘in service’ on country estates, including Highclere¬†Castle, the setting for period drama ‘Downton Abbey’.¬†It also draws from the pages of the classic ‘Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management’, first published in 1861.