The life of the people downstairs at mansion

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THE grim realities of servants who worked in grand mansions will be brought to life in a fascinating talk.

Janet Sinclair, consultant curator at Stansted House near Havant, will be giving a talk at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, in East Street, Havant.

Kate Saunders, heritage officer at The Spring, said: ‘Why are we so intrigued by stories of life above and below stairs in grand historic houses?

‘The popularity of series such as Downton Abbey points to a continuing fascination with class distinction, and the very different lives of those who lived and worked in the great houses of the past.

‘This talk will explore the reasons for this fascination, and describe how we interpret a real historic house to visitors today, through the example of local architectural gem Stansted House.

‘Janet has a long association with Stansted. She will bring to life some of the grim realities of the lives of servants and the contrast with the privileged existence of those they served.’

The talk takes place in The Langstone Room at 7.45pm on Thursday, May 14.

Tickets cost £5. Call the box office on (023) 9247 2700.