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Victorian Life Upstairs And Downstairs

01/06/2019 - 01/06/2019

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Opening Times

Half-day course from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm. Society of Genealogists Library and Archives are open from 10 am till 6 pm.

Admission

£20.00; discounted for Members of Society of Genealogists £16.00

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Events

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Full - please see our website for details.

Downton Abbey or Upstairs Downstairs – everyone has a favourite. Lord Grantham and Sir Hallam Holland, and their families, give us a picture of households in Victorian times. But how accurate is that picture? Dr Judy Hill gives us two talks that explore Victorian life at home. First talk: Victorian Life Upstairs and Downstairs At the beginning of the 19th century there was a vast increase in the number of domestic servants. By the end of the 19th century, 1.5 million people were employed as servants. What were the reasons for such large scale employment of domestic servants? How were they recruited and trained? What were their duties and in what conditions did they work? Judy aims to answer these questions. She also examines the increasing specialisation of domestic service and the separation of servants from the family when the term “life below stairs” becomes recognised. Judy draws on contemporary sources to look at some Victorian households in detail, giving us a clear picture of how the Victorian household operated. Second talk: Misdemeanours and Misdoings –‘the Victorian servant problem’ The Victorian problem of unruly servants was debated in middle-class periodicals and household manuals but was it a reality? For the Victorian householder, domestic servants were often troublesome and household manuals complained at great length that impertinent servants no longer knew their place. In fact, servants appeared to be guilty of every imaginable crime and misdemeanour. Judy’s illustrated talk addresses ‘the servant problem’ and examines the lives of some servants and housekeepers to understand the dilemma of the servant’s ‘place’ in the Victorian household.   

Venue & Organiser Details

Society Of Genealogists' Library And Archives

14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road

Islington

London

London

EC1M 7BA

United Kingdom


Society of Genealogists

020 7553 3290

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