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2018 Week 1 Course 11

Upstairs, Downstairs in the


English Country House


Gail Bent


Week 1

1 - 7 July 2018

For centuries country houses were the power bases of the nation; while their owners ran the country, servants were the work engine that made possible, through toil and drudgery, the upstairs world of comfort and luxury. This course looks at the changing form and function of the country house from the Middle Ages to the Victorian era, as it reflected the cultural ideals and social aspirations of each period. We discover how rooms were furnished and used in daily life, how people lived and worked in them, their roles and relationships, both upstairs and down. Finally, the state of the country house today is explored as is how a seemingly anachronistic structure and way of life can survive in the modern world.





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