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The House Keepers Tale on Thursday 6th June 2019
Working as a housekeeper was one of the most prestigious jobs a Victorian or Edwardian woman could want – and also one of the toughest. A far cry from the Downton Abbey fiction, the real life Mrs Hughes was up against capricious mistresses, low pay, no job security and gruelling physical labour. Until now, her story has never been told. Tessa Boase has trawled through old bundles of letters, secret diaries and neglected stately home archives to resurrect a series of extraordinary personal stories from 19th and 20th-century domestic service. Revelatory, gripping and unexpectedly poignant, The Housekeeper’s Tale champions the heroic women behind some of our most prominent households.
There will be a one hour talk followed by 30mins Q&A
Doors open at 7.00pm
Suitable for ages 12+
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