The author of fourteen books of social and architectural history and a National Trust ‘insider’ for thirty years, celebrated social historian Adrian Tinniswood talks about his recently published evocation of the classic country house party.
The House Party explores privilege and leisure from the viewpoint of the guest and the host, showing us what it was really like to spend a weekend with the Jazz Age industrialist, the bibulous belted earl, and the bright young thing. Tinniswood reveals how the great and good partied at mansions such as Knole and Dunham Massey, how Nancy Astor held court at Cliveden, and what a discreet weekend gathering at Winston Churchill’s Chartwell might entail. Much like the very best country house party, this talk and Tinniswood’s glorious book will keep you highly entertained.
Adrian Tinniswood is a Senior Research Fellow at University of Buckingham and a Visiting Fellow in Heritage and History at Bath Spa University. In 2013 he was awarded an OBE for services to heritage. His most recent book is Behind the Throne: A Domestic History of the Royal Household.
Adrian Tinniswood (photo: Helen Rogers)