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 chitter chatter in the servants’ hall would sound? With the opening of the basement in 2011 visitors to Ickworth House can now be transported back to 1935. Visitors to the National Trust house can watch and follow in the footsteps of the Living History servants as they bake game pies in the kitchens, take tea in the sitting-room, and scurry through the myriad of corridors.
This blog provides a little bit of that experience for the reader. Here you can follow the diary of Rose Bailey, a housemaid in the great house. You can keep up-to-date with the Living History storylines, gaze at photographs of the Living History servants in action, and find out just what happened ‘this week in 1935’.
History does not just have to be about books and dates; it should be about experiencing the lives of those who lived before us. This blog is a little taster of the goings-on in the servant corridors at Ickworth House. Enjoy.