AGM and Spring Lecture
Leicester Bowling Club, Kenwood Road, Leicester LE2 3PL
AGM 7.00pm Lecture 7.30pm
‘Technological Development of Great Houses and their Estates in the 19th century’
Speaker: Emeritus Professor Marilyn Palmer MBE
Over the years we have visited many of The Great Houses and their Estates and seen their fountains, cataracts and lakes so it seemed appropriate that it was time to learn a bit more about the technological development of these features, particularly as we have a planned visit to Chatsworth in this year’s programme of events.
During the late 18th and 19th centuries a variety of technological innovations were becoming available to enhance the comfort and convenience of domestic life but, far from urban centres, the great Country Houses had to be self sufficient in the provision of gas, electricity, sanitation and water supply. Subsequently, the decline of many country houses, together with their being donated to the National Trust, has meant that less alteration has taken place than in domestic property. In 2008 Professor Marilyn Palmer and Dr Ian West began studying the technology in a wide range of country houses, examining both the physical remains and the historical evidence and trying to place them in the wider context of the effects they had above and below stairs.
Our speaker, Marilyn Palmer, MBE, FSA, read History at Oxford University and spent time in teacher training at Loughborough University before joining Leicester University firstly as a historian, then as an archaeologist, becoming Britain’s first Professor of Industrial Archaeology and Head of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History in 2000. She was a Commissioner with the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England from 1993 until its amalgamation with English Heritage in 1999, and now serves on various committees concerned with archaeology and industrial archaeology for Historic England and the National Trust.
Guests welcome £2 (Payable at the door)
After the lecture tea and cake will be served as usual. If you feel like baking a cake please let Elizabeth know. (Telephone: 0116 2705711)
Location: Kenwood Road is a cul-de-sac off Carisbrooke Road and the Leicester Bowling Club is at the bottom on the right just past the entrance to the tennis club.