Downstairs at Downton
Historian Kathy Wilson will give a presentation about the reality of running a house like Highclere Castle, the real Downton Abbey, on Saturday, September 30 at 10:00 AM in the Marshalltown Public Library’s meeting rooms.
What was life really like below stairs at a place like Downton Abbey? Could the chauffeur really marry the daughter of an Earl? Would a maid help move a dead body to protect her mistress’ reputation? What about all that free time? Historian Kathy Wilson reveals the answers to these questions and more in this program focusing on the realities of domestic service at Highclere Castle, the real Downton Abbey, during early 20th century.
A professional historian and educator, Kathy Wilson believes learning about the past can be fun as well as interesting. To prove that point, she draws on more than 20 years of experience to create programs that engage and entertain as well as educate her audiences.
Ms. Wilson received her BA in History from Bemidji State University in Minnesota, before traveling to England where she completed her Masters at the University of York. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Iowa and specializes in 18th and 19th-century British-American social history. Her dissertation investigates the role of kinship networks in the social transformations of Catholic families, 1760-1850.
For more information, please visit the library’s website at www.marshalltownlibrary.org or call the library’s Information Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 4.