Event Date: 1 May 2013
Main Lecture Theatre
Royal Holloway University of London
Maids, au pairs and treasures
Dr Lucy Delap is Director of History and Policy at King’s College, London, and works on twentieth century histories of gender, feminism, shipwrecks, and working women. Her research on domestic service explores why British popular culture compulsively returns the lives of the servants of aristocrats, from Upstairs Downstairs to Downton. Her lecture looks at the reality – and diversity – of the lives of domestic workers, spanning a wide range of roles – maids, cooks, chars, cleaners, au pairs and mothers helps. Informed by her work as a consultant to the BBC2 series Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs, Lucy will examine the changes in domestic spaces and technologies, roles such as ‘housewife’, and ideas of home and family. She locates domestic service not only in Victorian and Edwardian, but as integrated with twentieth century visions of ‘modern living’.
Dr Lucy Delap (KCL) – Maids, au pairs and treasures
Introduction by Dr Jane Hamlett (RHUL).