Event details

Friday 31 May & Friday 6 September | 11am to 12.30pm

£50 per person, includes parking and admission to the house, garden and farmyard

Join us for an evocative exploration of childhood and parenthood through the ages.

This event, led by our Archive and Library team, will allow you to get up close with some fascinating examples from the Chatsworth collection, including Devonshire family memories captured in photographs, exercise books, school reports, and letters penned by and to children, alongside diaries and accounts of the schoolgirls evacuated to Chatsworth during World War II.

You’ll gain insights into the lives of governesses and nannies entrusted with the care of elite families' children, and navigate the depths of loss with poignant letters and diaries concerning childhood mortality.

Meeting Place and Time

Please arrive at the house entrance (North Gates) by 10.50am.


This event takes place in the Chatsworth Library and the Collections Study Room. Unfortunately due to the delicate nature of the historic carpet in the library, it is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Please wear flat shoes with soft soles – you may not be allowed access to the library if wearing block heeled or stiletto shoes. If you have any questions about accessibility please contact education@chatsworth.org.

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