‘Chatsworth: The Housekeeper’s Tale’ with Christine Robinson
Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Peak District and home of the Cavendish family for nearly 500 years, Chatsworth House is one of Britain’s greatest stately homes. Christine Robinson spent three summer holidays working at Chatsworth whilst studying history at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne until, on her graduation in 1977, she began working full-time with the Chatsworth team. Intending only to stay for one year, she, like many others, fell under Chatsworth’s spell and she retired as head housekeeper in 2015 after 38 years’ service.
In this illustrated talk about her book of the same name, Christine Robinson will tell the story of her family’s connection with Chatsworth’s great estate over the past two centuries and her own personal involvement with Chatsworth and the Cavendish family. As former head housekeeper and with over forty years’ experience of working at Chatsworth, she is well-placed to tell her story. She will describe the day-to-day care of this magnificent house, some of the characters who have worked there and the fabulous parties that they all enjoyed, and will share poignant reminiscences of her time working for the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire.
The lecture will take place at Wentworth Woodhouse.
Thursday 11 April 2019, 6.30pm-8pm
£20 per person
A glass of wine (or a soft drink) and canapés are included in the ticket price. There will be a bar to buy drinks on the night. Doors open at 6pm.