Have you ever wondered what life would be like as a servant in the past? What would the busy corridors in the basement and the airy halls in the house feel like? How would the kitchens smell as the cooks prepared sumptuous meals?
In 2011 the basement at Ickworth House was transformed into a authentic, hands-on 1930s servants quarters. Visitors to the National Trust house can watch and follow in the footsteps of the Living History servants; baking game pies in the kitchens, taking tea in the sitting-room, and scurrying through a myriad of corridors.
This blog provides a little bit of that experience for the reader. Here you can follow the diaries of some of the servants:
Rose Bailey, housemaid.
Arianna Blackburn, scullery-maid.
John Mayhew, hall-boy.
You can keep up-to-date with the Living History storylines, gaze at photographs of the 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.