Hidden Histories is an exciting new project where new research will be used to inform the interpretation of the kitchens and servants’ quarters at Tatton. The project will uncover collections and archives which relate to the personal histories of those who have lived and worked here and these personal histories will highlight what life was like for staff and servants in the mansion.
Our research will also look at the lifestyles of members of the Egerton family and some of their guests. Tatton Park was the backdrop to many magnificent country house parties and these events provide an opportunity to consider the contrasting life experiences at Tatton, from the family members who hosted the parties and their distinguished guests to the army of servants who made it possible.
Thanks to Arts Council funding the project has been launched and research is underway. In order to improve our understanding of how the kitchens and servants’ areas were developed and used expert advice will be provided by a team of consultants specialising in a range of disciplines including archaeology, history, architecture and engineering. Our technology expert is particularly excited about the level of ‘industrialisation’ at Tatton and the examples of early technology that we have here. We hope to find-out if any of the technology in the kitchens can be made to work again! The project also has a dedicated team of volunteer researchers who search the archives to provide us with valuable material.
The early findings show that Tatton has a very interesting story to tell.