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Try your hand as a servant or be taught by a governess
A Staffordshire town's Victorian history is to be brought to life this September with a special event at its iconic medieval castle. Visitors are being invited to Tamworth Castle on September 14 and September 15 where they will be able to take a step back in time and experience the daily activities of a Victorian household as part of Castle Victorian Living History. This includes meeting the governess, housekeeper and servants as they go about their daily tasks – visitors could even find themselves drafted in to help the servants with their chores and take part in a lesson with the governess. The two-day event forms part of a series of activities taking place during 2019 which shine a spotlight on Victorian Tamworth and the era's many significant contributions to the shaping of the town as we know it today.
Among those achievements is crediting the Victorians for bringing Tamworth Castle into public ownership 120 years ago, on 22 May 1899. This is when the ancient monument first opened its doors to the people of Tamworth after being in private ownership since the day it was built centuries before. Councillors resolved to buy Tamworth Castle when it came up for sale in 1897 by the Marquis Townshend, as a 'most fitting memorial of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen'. During the Victorian era, Tamworth Castle was owned by the Townshend family. It was first inherited by George Townshend in the early 18th century, and his son George II later began an extensive programme of repairs and renovation which unfortunately would leave him bankrupt.
Enjoy meeting the governess, housekeeper and servants
The castle was sold to a London lawyer for a short time before the Townshend family bought it back in 1833 and then rented the building to a number of wealthy tenants. Eventually, the Townshend family decided to sell the castle o the local town council for the 'moderate price' of £3,000. Castle Victorian Living History provides a great opportunity to see this history brought to life. Tickets can be bought in advance online, or admission is available on the door. For prices and times, and details of other Tamworth Castle events, please visit www.tamworthcastle.co.uk
Admission is currently available at a reduced price due to some areas being closed as a result of work to create a brand new Battle and Tribute exhibition showcasing pieces of the Staffordshire Hoard and the town's Anglo-Saxon history.