History | A Day in the Life of an Edwardian House | Preston Manor
Why this course?
If you would like to learn how houses were run and managed in an actual historic house, fabulous Preston Manor, (end of Preston Park) decorated in Edwardian style and with rooms on four floors, is a delightfully unique and hugely atmospheric setting for this one-day session.
We study the highly absorbing subject of how houses were run by hard-working servants and learn of their various duties from housekeeper, cook, and butler to snooty housemaids, lady’s maid, lowly scullery maid, haughty footmen and humble hall boy. Theirs was a long day, up early and to bed late. Find out how they felt about their duties and their lives.
The tutor is also a house guide who will lead a tour of the manor seeing how rooms were used here and elsewhere. A fascinating subject studied in a fascinating historic house, especially if you enjoy TV programmes such as “Upstairs, Downstairs” and “Downton Abbey”.
Illustrated with powerpoint slides, film and house tour. Bring a packed lunch to eat in the servant’s room. Tea and coffee will be provided.
- Lessons take place in the fabulous panelled Macquoid Room.
- Free parking outside, buses and trains nearby
- The tutor is also a house guide and lecturer.
- Fascinating social and cultural history
- Relaxed atmosphere
- Lively class discussion
- Entertaining and friendly tutor
Tutor: Sarah Tobias
If you would like to learn how houses were run and managed in an actual historic house, the fabulous Preston Manor, this is for you! Decorated in Edwardian style and with rooms on four floors, the manor is a delightfully unique and hugely atmospheric setting for this one-day session.
The day includes:
- Lessons in the fabulous panelled Macquoid Room.
- Fascinating social and cultural history in a relaxed atmosphere.
- Lively class discussion.
- Entertaining and friendly tutor, who is also a house guide and lecturer.
Why the MET?
- Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
- High-quality learning resource centres providing library and computing facilities
- Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
- Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
Please note that there are no applicable discounts for this course.