How realistic are the situations in the show "Downton Abbey?"
Is the class consciousness on display by everyone from Lord Grantham to Mr. Carson really that accurate? History tells the true tale and even on the subject of suffrage, it is surprising who exactly could vote in elections and who had what rights according to British Law.
The Morristown & Morris Township Library’s Downton Abbey Support Group (to support the show’s fans during the long breaks between new episodes) will host its next meeting on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. and will endeavor to answer those questions and more.
Historian Dr. George Robb examines the differences between social classes in early 20th century Britain and casts his critical eye upon the show’s portrayal. Guests are encouraged to come armed with questions you may have about the show’s accuracy as compared with British history.
George Robb is a professor of British, Irish and Modern European history at William Paterson University. He received his BA from the University of Texas and his PhD from Northwestern University. He teaches courses in British and Irish history and the history of crime. Professor Robb has published numerous articles on British social and cultural history, and he is the author of two books: White-Collar Crime in Modern England (1992) and British Culture and the First World War (2002).
Tea and scones will be served and period costume is always welcome, but not required. This program is supported by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.