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Upstairs Downstairs at Stansted Park

21 January 2015

A talk by Janet Sinclair at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre

Thursday 14 May at 7.45pm

Why are we so intrigued by stories of life above and below stairs in grand historic houses? The popularity of series such as Downton Abbey points to a continuing fascination with class distinction, and the very different lives of those who lived and worked in the great houses of the past.

This talk will explore the reasons for this fascination, and describe how we interpret a ‘real’ historic house to visitors today, through the example of local architectural gem Stansted House.

Speaker Janet Sinclair has had a long association with Stansted Park, and is currently Consultant Curator there. She is also a regular Adult Education tutor with the WEA, and serves on the panel of the South Downs National Park Sustainable Communities Fund.

Janet will bring to life some of the grim realities of the lives of servants, and the contrast with the privileged existence of those they served.

The talk will take place in the Langstone Room at 7.45pm, and tickets cost £5. To book, please contact the Box Office on 023 9247 2700.