A servants life: exploring living history
Explore our 1930s servants basement through those who lived there.
Have you ever wondered what life would be like as a servant in the past? What the busy corridors in the basement of a great house would feel like? How kitchens preparing sumptuous meals would smell and how the chit chat in the servants' halls would sound?
During our Living History days, our volunteer intrepreters bring the basement to life by re-enacting a day in the life of the servants from the mid 1930s. Follow their footsteps whilst eavesdropping on all the gossip, secrets and goings on for the day.
We also have a number of Cooks days, where the Living History cooks prepare special seasonal meals. On these days, it’s a chance to chat to them about their work using traditional 1930's tools and methods to cook meals and treats for both the servants and the resident family. Be inspired to learn the methods for yourself by taking part in one of our Cooks workshops which happen several times a year - a chance to learn authentic and traditional ways to cook some delicious treats, with our 1930s Cooks teaching you the way.