Below Stairs: A Servant's Life in Early 20th-Century England
Date: Sat. March 30, 2013
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
6083 N. Northwest Highway
Program: Women’s History Month
About this event:
What was life really like for the servants who worked below stairs in the era of Downton Abbey? Who were the people who toiled around the clock to ensure the smooth running of these glamorous households? In this new first-person program, British domestic servant Margaret Powell introduces life below stairs in stately English homes in the early 1920s.
Based on Powell's best-selling memoir Below Stairs, this program gives a lively look at the work it took to run a wealthy household in this era and the eccentricities often found among employers. Powell's 1968 book was among the inspirations for the popular television series Downtown Abbey and directly inspired the 1970s series Upstairs, Downstairs. Never out of print in Great Britain, Powell's book was published for the first time in the U.S. in 2012.
Portrayal by Leslie Goddard