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"Up and Down Stairs: The History of the English Country House Servant"

THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION of the UNITED STATES
 
EducationScholarshipUnderstanding
 
THE HOUSTON BRANCH
 
Presents
The Evelyn Wrench Speaker Program 2010 - 2011
"Up and Down Stairs: The History of the English Country House Servant"
Presented by Jeremy Musson
British author and historian; former Architectural Editor of Country Life


As they became icons of power, civilization and luxury, English country houses depended on an intricate hierarchy of servants to maintain them in their splendor. Great estates such as Chatsworth, Knole, Holkham Hall, and Waddesdon Manor became emblems of a certain elegance and elitism that seem quintessentially English. In his illustrated lecture based on his book,Up and Down Stairs (John Murray, 2009), Jeremy Musson will look at 600 years ofdomestic service in the English country house. Drawing on both published and unpublished sources, Musson will celebrate the authentic voices of the servants who ran these vast houses, and will explore some of the elaborate rituals and hierarchies of noble households, some ofwhich are still in place today.
 

Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 2:00pm
Brown Auditorium Theater in The Caroline Wiess Law Building
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
1001 Bissonnet



This event is generously sponsored by the Houston Branch of The English - Speaking Union,
Museum of Fine Arts Houston and by The Royal Oak Foundation.
Admission to the lecture is open to the public and free with general museum admission.
A reception and book signing will follow the program.

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Speaker Jeremy Musson
architectural historian, writer and broadcaster Freelance writer, editor, presenter: recognised authority on British country houses and architecture, and a skilled but accessible communicator in these fields on tv, radio and as print journalist, author and lecturer.   In the past few years I have co-written and presented fourteen programmes of ...

architectural historian, writer and broadcaster



Freelance writer, editor, presenter: recognised authority on British country houses and architecture, and a skilled but accessible communicator in these fields on tv, radio and as print journalist, author and lecturer.


 


In the past few years I have co-written and presented fourteen programmes of the Curious House Guest series for BBC2, celebrating country houses today, this took me all over the British Isles and to Italy and Jamacia – sheer heaven, and challenging too.






I was Architectural Editor for Country Life magazine for nearly ten years, specialising in features on the English country house, writing on houses of different scales and periods, from Chatsworth to Garsington Manor, as well as on all aspects of architecture and the arts.






My most recent books are The Country Houses of Sir John Vanbrugh (Aurum) How To Read A Country House (Ebury),  English Manor House (Aurum) and Up and Down Stairs: the History of the Country House Servant.


Download a pdf of my href="http://www.jeremymusson.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/cv-jeremy_musson.pdf" title="Biography">Biography/CV


TV




  • BBC2 series The Curious House Guest (14 programmes) 2005 & 2006


  • Feature on Chatsworth in Britain’s Best(History uktv) April 2007



Editorial and consultancy








  • 1998-2007 Architectural Editor, Country Life


  • 1995-1998 Architectural Writer, Country Life


  • 1993-1995 National Trust, curator, (Assistant Historic Buildings Representative – East Anglia


  • 1990-1993 Architectural Adviser, Victorian Society



Publications




  • How to Read A Country House(Ebury 2006)


  • Plasterwork(Aurum 2000)


  • The English Manor House(Aurum 1999, paperback 2007)


  • The Country Houses of Sir John Vanbrugh(Aurum 2008)


  • (forthcoming) Up and Down stairs: a history of the country house servant(John Murray, 2009)



Journalism, lecturing and curating



Articles inDaily Telegraph, Daily Mail, World of Interiors, Heritage Today, British Art Journal, The Field, Horse and Hound; Freelance radio presenter of Radio 3 series ‘Brick and Baroque’ 1994/95; Guest editor of Farrow and Ball’s magazine Archive 2006 and 2008.


Given lectures to Cambridge University Department of History of Art, Attingham Summer School, Madingley Hall, Tate Britain, Victoria and Albert Museum, Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, Art Fund, HHA and National Trust; Hon Tutor to the SPAB Plunket Scholars


Guest curator: In pursuit of Antiquity: drawings from the Giants of British neo-Classicismat Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, 1/2-1/6,2008; co-curator The Country Houses of Robert Adam, from the Country Life picture library, held at The Georgian Group Fitzroy Square, November 2007.


Public committees








  • 2009 – member of the Fabric Advisory Committee, Ely Cathedral


  • 2008 – Friends of Kettles Yard committee


  • 2007 – Buildings Book Trust (which funds ‘Pevsners/Buildings of England Series’)


  • 2005 – Churches Conservation Trust, Peer Review Panel


  • 1996-2002 Council for the Care of Churches, Main committee


  • 1996-2002 CCC, Sculpture and Furnishings Subcommittee


  • 1992-2002 Victorian Society Buildings Subcommittee







Memberships




  • Society of Architectural Historians of GB


  • Brother of the Art Workers Guild, elected 2007
























Full Description

When?

Sun, March 27, 2011
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

Where?

Museum of Fine Arts - Brown Auditorium Theater in The Caroline Wiess Law Building
1001 Fannin
Houston, TX