Philippa Wadsworth, Assistant Press Officer, The Public Record Office writes (on 12 September 2000) with news of exhibitions of interest to readers of the Victorian Web:

"Maid in England" at the Public Record Office

"From 25th-28th September, the Public Record Office is staging a series of special evening performances illustrating the life of the Victorian domestic servant. Contemporary diaries, letters, newspaper and magazine articles, poems and music hall songs will reveal what it was like to be a member of the enormous army of servants or one of the more fortunate folk who could employ them. Actors will portray a wide range of characters from Bernard Shaw and Jane Austen to Mrs Beeton and Queen Victoria. There will be the chance to sample authentic Victorian recipes during the interval."

"Maid in England" starts at 7.45pm and tickets are £7.50. To book tickets please contact the

Interpretation Department,
Public Record Office,
Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU.
Tel: 020 8392 5202/5233,
Fax: 020 8392 5266,
visit the website:

The Public Record Office

The Public Record Office is the national archive for England and Wales and the United kingdom. It was created under the terms of the Public Record Act 1838. The Office currently holds about 150 kilometres of shelving of records covering nine centuries of history from the Domesday Book, compiled in 1086, to records created in the 1990's. The Office keeps documents as diverse as the returns for a parliamentary election in 1275, Shakespeare's will, Guy Fawkes Confession, Bligh's account of the mutiny on HMS Bounty and despatches from the British ambassador in St. Petersburgh describing the start of the Russian Revolution.

A new online exhibition entitled Victorian Britain will go live on 23 September 2000.

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