This exhibition brings together the work of historians, literary scholars, art historians and heritage professionals to explore the hidden lives of country house servants in eighteenth and early nineteenth century Europe. It focuses on particular ‘objects’, from to beds and coal shutes to auction catalogues and paintings, to highlight different aspects of servants lives in and around the county house.

The exhibition is organised into five thematic rooms, but the objects in each room are also tagged to reflect types of exhibit: material culture, literary texts, visual culture, and archives. You can wander through rooms or follow particular types of object across different rooms.

We are regularly adding more exhibits to each room, so please visit again. And, if you would like to offer an exhibit of your own, or have feedback on the exhibition, then please contact countryhouseservants@mmu.ac.uk.