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October 01, 2012

Servants

A series on "Servants: The true story of life below stairs" began last week on BBC2, and it provides some useful context for the themes of the first unit of the module on The House and its Head.

In the first episode, Dr Pamela Cox explored the life of servants in the country houses of the 19th century, looking at how the idea of service changed in the early part of the century in response to new ideas about the country estate. The programme also picked up on the increase of servants in middle-class homes throughout the century, drawing on issues around the rising middle classes that we discussed in the week 1 seminar. I found the programme informative and enjoyable to watch, and it will give you a good sense of life in the typical Victorian house, as well as contextualise some of the class issues in the master/servant relationship that we'll address next week with Castle Rackrent.


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