Who’s countryhousereader?

My name is Julie Day and I’m an eighteenth-century historian (mainly), who delights in all things related to the country house; building and architecture, material culture, servants, household and estate management… If I can research it, I’ll write about it!

I completed my doctoral research in 2007 entitled ‘Elite Women’s Household Management: Yorkshire, 1680-1810’. This was then published under the same title by VDM-Verlag, (Saarsbrucken Germany, 2008). The themes of my research concerned the different managerial roles of elite women within their marital homes during the eighteenth century, including servant organisation, ordering a table, and the welfare of the household. I am currently undertaking further research into one of my case studies at Nostell Priory, Wakefield in order to understand more about the evolution from architectural shell to the establishment of ‘home’. This will become part of an exhibition by 2015 – so watch this space!

Feel free to contact me with any questions or anything you’d like to add. Please do not copy anything without prior permission. If you wish to discuss my possible contribution to articles, workshops and talks, please use the email address below.  Otherwise feel free to use the usual links from the blog.

Contact: househistories@yahoo.co.uk.

Please enjoy reading, and thanks for having a look in the first place!

12 responses to “Who’s countryhousereader?

  1. Hi Julie
    We have similar interests – you might like my blog as I do yours: http://visitinghousesandgardens.wordpress.com, All the best, Karen

    • Hi Karen, thanks for your interest! I found your blog and have subscribed – it looks great. I think I need to manage my time so I can get out more with my camera! Best wishes, Julie

  2. Your site is beautifully composed. Thanks for setting it up! very very interesting observations and summaries : )

    • Thanks Gal Friday! I only started the blog in March, so I’ll be improving things all the time until I get it right. Your comment has helped enormously, and I hope to add all sorts to keep things interesting!

      • Well, I am glad my three sentence post helped so!! I suppose that STRENUOUS work was my good deed for the day : )

        A real strength you have is that you’re obviously an educated and illustrative writer. I don’t mean to sound like an old fogie (sp?) (I’m only around 40) but having grown up on books and in libraries, it makes my head hurt to read a lot of blogs and sites, simply because the composition of the writing composition has a very patched-together flow and scope. When writers used to publish things, a piece went through several editors and several proofreaders to smoosh it in shape, with a lot of back-and-forth with the author to convey whatever the subject was in the clearest way possible. But you don’t seem to need that help….which is a RARITY!

        So good for you! Your entries are very well-written.

  3. PS: Do not know why my avatar keeps switching : ( But they’re both nice.

  4. Hello Julie,
    Thank you for commenting on my blog http://marquetrymatters.wordpress.com/
    and I look forward to further discussions in the future. Your Chippendale article interested me and hopefully my forthcoming book ‘Chippendale’s Classic Marquetry Revealed’ will provide more ‘new’ evidence about the furniture maker’s marquetry commissions. Look forward to hearing from you again. Best wishes – Jack

  5. Just stumbled on this blog while pondering the fate of Wentworth Woodhouse. What a gem you’ve created here! Thank you and looking forward to your posts.

  6. aceoffer

    Very informative site Julie. I have added a reference to your blog from my page http://www.victorian-era.org/victorian-times-servants.html

    • Thank you for your lovely comment, and for referencing to my blog on your own site – this is very much appreciated. I am updating things in the new year, so you should see a link from mine to yours shortly. Many thanks again

  7. Lovely to have found your site! A fantastic resource for our research

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