In this online talk, Derek Adlam explores Christmas entertaining at Welbeck Abbey during the Georgian period.

Derek will discuss some of the remarkable details of Duchess Henrietta's household accounts from 1813-1834. The Duchess kept extraordinarily detailed notes on the running of her household, and these accounts give us a fascinating insight into life above and below stairs in the stately home. Derek will share some of the findings from his extensive research into these accounts - including his discoveries about what a smashing time the staff had in the dining hall.

Henrietta Scott (1774-1844) married the future 4th Duke of Portland in 1795. She was affectionately known as 'The Rich Miss Scott' and was the eldest of three sisters. Her younger siblings were known as 'The Witty Miss Scott' and 'The Pretty Miss Scott'.

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The online lecture will take place on Zoom. After you book your place we will email you with a link to attend the event.

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Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3LW

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