SOLD OUT: Buxton Assembly Rooms Heritage Talk – Fit for a Duchess? The Servants of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

SOLD OUT: Assembly Rooms Heritage Talk: Fit for a Duchess? The Servants of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

With Dr Hannah Wallace

SOLD OUT - Fit for a Duchess? The Servants of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire with Dr Hannah Wallace

As a leader of fashion, a political campaigner, and a writer, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire was one of the most celebrated women of the eighteenth century, but behind the scenes it took many servants to achieve her sought-after style and to maintain her lavish lifestyle. Living and travelling with the Duchess meant these servants saw Georgiana at her most glamourous, dressing her for balls (quite probably at the Buxton Assembly Rooms) and operas, and witnessed her most private fears as her money troubles continued to spiral. Dr Hannah Wallace will share insights into what life was like for the servants employed by Georgiana and the 5th Duke at Chatsworth in Derbyshire and Devonshire House in London, explore how different life was for the servants who lived in the city compared to their counterparts in the countryside, and reveal the personal relationships they had with the Duchess – both good and bad. There could be few places in the world better suited as a venue for sharing Georgiana's story than here at the Buxton Crescent Assembly Rooms.

Lady Georgiana Cavendish by Thomas Gainsborough (Courtesy of the Chatsworth estate)

About Hannah..

Hannah was awarded her PhD from the University of Sheffield for her research on the servants at Chatsworth in eighteenth century.

Her work uses account books, family papers, parish registers and court documents to piece together the experiences of the servants who worked for the Dukes of Devonshire in the eighteenth century and reveal what their lives were like beyond their job titles.

She has shared their stories with everyone from local history groups and family history researchers to the fashion house Gucci.

Most recently, she appeared as an expert on the BBC Two documentary series, Make Up: A Glamourous History hosted by celebrity make-up artist Lisa Eldridge. 


This talk will take place in the Ballroom, part of the grand Assembly Rooms in the Buxton Crescent. The Crescent Buxton SK17 6BH What three words: /duty.referral.occupations The entrance to the Assembly Rooms is to the right hand side of the Crescent (if you are looking at the front). There is level access both at the east end of the colonnade, at the Cavendish Arcade, and the West End, near the Natural baths. For more details please email Call: 01298 214577


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Thursday 25th November Doors open at 6.30pm Talk starts at 7pm sharp The talk will last around 45 minutes, and there will be time for questions and discussion at the end.

Tickets - SOLD OUT

£12 full price adult tickets £10 friends of Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust £10 concessions* Tickets are for unreserved seats. *65+, Full time student, in receipt of benefits (please bring proof of concession on the evening).

Covid Safety

We're following the guidance of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions guidance on appropriate Covid precautions. Therefore, we still advise that visitors while inside our venues, still wear a face mask, wash and sanitise hands, and maintain social distancing.


The Buxton Crescent Assembly Rooms are accessible by wheelchair (via a lift to the first floor). For more information about venue accessibility, please visit our Accessibility Page We will do our best to make the presentation accessible to all guests. Please let us know in advance if you have any specific access needs we can cater for, such as having a large print copy of the presentation notes.

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