To be held on Wednesday, 20 October 2021 at 11.00 am
The talk tells the story of the lecturer’s family connection with Chatsworth’s great Estate over the last two centuries, and her own personal involvement with Chatsworth and the Cavendish family over more than forty years, day-to-day care of this magnificent house, some of the characters who have worked there, and the fabulous parties enjoyed there.
Christine Robinson read history at university . She went to Chatsworth for work experience, then got a temporary job there and stayed for 40 years, ending up as Head Housekeeper. Now retired from Chatsworth, she has written two books on her life at Chatsworth (The Housekeeper’s Tale and The Housekeeper’s Tips, Tales and Tipples ) and lectures on her experiences.
I am the recently retired head housekeeper for the 12th Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, and have lived and worked on the Chatsworth Estate for the last 40 years, spending almost my entire working life on this great Estate. I had concerns that retiring might prove a dreadful wrench, but instead it has enabled me to immerse myself in the things about the job I loved the most – Chatsworth’s history, and its people. It has been an amazing place to work, to live, and to raise a family. My husband, Clive and I feel extremely fortunate to still live in the Estate village of Edensor, in the house that was actually built for Clive’s great-great-great grandfather nearly 200 years ago, and two miles from the Estate village of Beeley, where my own family worked the Chatsworth land as far back as 1800. I feel very blessed.