“Will I do, Carson?”

I love apron drama and they don’t come much better than Downton Abbey.  Today we went to the Downton Abbey Exhibition, which was created by the creator/writer of the show and was very well done indeed using all sorts of new fandangled technology that they would never have understood in the “Big House”

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There were 3 floors: Downstairs – showing all the servants’ quarters, the kitchen and Carson’s pantry, etc… Upstairs – showing the families digs and the top floor displaying all the lovely costumes.

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The characters appeared on screens as you walked through and talked to you as if they’d bumped into you in the house somewhere.

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We purchased the added headphone gadget that gave you behind the scenes information and cast and crew telling you about what it was like to film in the house.

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You could apply for a job at the house by answering 10 questions and they assigned the role that most suited your answers.  I somehow got Cook – and Head Cook at that!  Obviously none of the questions asked “Can you cook?”

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I wished I had lived back in those days for the fashions alone.

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One of my favourite characters in the show was Maggie Smith’s “The Dowager Countess, Violet Crawely.  She had some hum-dinger quotes…

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The exhibition ended with the obligatory walk through the gift shop where I purchased a fridge magnet…. which had nothing to do with Downton Abbey, but I loved it.

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