Day School: Maids and Mistresses

Ref: C2226926

The course aims to explain the types and numbers of female servants employed in country houses in the 18th and 19th centuries and the nature of their duties and lives. 1. 10.30-11.00. Registration and Coffee 2. 11.00-12.00. “What is a Country House and what were female servants roles?” 3. 12.00-12.15. Break 4. 12.15-13.15. “Female servants’ lives.” 5. 13.15-14.15. Lunch 6. 14.15-15.30 “Servants in documents.” Learners will be provided with a range of 19th Century archive documents relating to servants and Conclusions

Additional information about this course

Tea and coffee available from 10:30. Course starts at 11am - 3.30pm with a one hour lunch break.

Course aim

The importance of women in creating and maintaining English Country Houses has often been overlooked. In this dayschool we will examine how female servants were crucial for the smooth running of country houses in Georgian and Victorian England.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • 1. Recognise the principal country house female servants.
  • 2. Understand how a servant’s career was likely to develop.
  • 3. Identify some of the archive sources which can be used to study servants.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Day School: Maids and Mistresses

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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