Upstairs, downstairs brought to life at Gawthorpe Hall

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A 'Meet the Housekeeper' event will take place on Sunday 14 October, from 1pm to 4pm at Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham.

Visitors will get the chance to step back in time as history will be brought to life. The housekeeper will take up residence for the afternoon in full period costume and will talk to visitors about how a grand Victorian home was run and about the household that used to work in Gawthorpe Hall.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "This event really does bring history to life, and gives a glimpse of what life was like, both upstairs and downstairs, for some people working at Gawthorpe Hall in the 1890s.

"This was a different era. In a grand Victorian house, below stairs were the servants and the butler. The aristocratic family they served lived upstairs.

"The kitchen isn't always open to the public so being able to see it is a rare opportunity.

"The housekeeper will also be there to talk about the menus for grand banquets and time saving gadgets that they loved to use in Victorian days, including a marmalade slicer and a knife polisher.

"It should be a fun and informative day out that the whole family can enjoy."

Visitors to the Hall will also be able to enjoy all of the regular attractions, such as the fabulous seventeenth-century plasterwork and panelling, the Victorian tiles, luxurious textiles and the stunning Long Gallery.

The stately home has a large collection of portraits and collections of intricate lace, embroidery and needle work.

An exhibition will also be on display until Sunday 4 November highlighting how the First World War affected the owners of Gawthorpe Hall and other people living in the area. Personal archives from the Kay-Shuttleworth family are also on display for the first time in the exhibition. How people in Padiham were affected by the War will also be showcased in the exhibition.

Entry to the 'Meet the Housekeeper' event is included in normal admission charge to the Hall.

Admission price to Gawthorpe Hall is £6 for adults and £4 for concessions. National Trust members and children go free.

Entrance to the garden and grounds of Gawthorpe Hall is free.

Gawthorpe Hall is run by Lancashire County Council's museum service on behalf of the National Trust.

For more information telephone 01282 771004 or email gawthorpehall@lancashire.gov.uk

Normal opening times are 12pm to 5pm Wednesdays to Sundays, with last entry to the hall at 4.30pm. The museum is open on Bank Holidays.

To find out more about Gawthorpe Hall and other Lancashire County Council museums visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums

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