NEW DATE Lords, Ladies, & Mummies: The Story of Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey* Talk & Tea with Curt DiCamillo

WHEN: Thursday, April 03, 2014 at 1:00PM - 3:00PM
WHERE: Blithewold Mansion

 

THIS  EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED!!!!

 

Lecture begins promptly at 1 pm. Tea will follow the lecture.

Although famous today as the country house depicted in the television series Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle in Berkshire has a rich and fascinating history that goes far beyond its television fame. Join us for a visual lecture (followed by an afternoon tea) with Curt DiCamillo. An architectural historian, Curt explores Highclere Castle, linking it to other Victorian country houses, and explaining how the fictional Downton plotline unexpectedly echoes parts of Highclere’s history.

Home since 1672 to the Herbert family (later Earls of Carnarvon), the English Renaissance Revival house seen today was designed in the early 19th century by architect Charles Barry. Highclere was the home of the 5th Earl of Carnavon, who financed the 1922 Egyptian expedition that discovered the tomb of King Tut (the Earl’s sudden death soon after discovering the tomb led to the legend of “the Curse of the Mummy”). The 5th Earl’s wife, Lady Almina, the illegitimate daughter of Alfred de Rothschild, one of the richest men in late 19th-century England, also brought great prominence, and a very large dowry, to Highclere. During World War I Lady Almina opened up the castle to tend the wounded, pioneering military hospitals and setting standards of care still followed today.

*Downton Abbey and Downton are registered trademarks of Carnival Film & Television Ltd.

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