Marriage a la Mode: the marriage markets of Georgian England talk

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  • Date and time

    Tuesday 12 November 2019 14:00 - 15:30
  • Price

    £1.50 members. £2 non-members
  • Location

    Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB


East Cheshire National Trust Association lecture.

Amanda Lunt is the Visitor Experience Manager at Quarry Bank. She's responsible for the story told at the site and ensuring the history of this special place is communicated to everyone in a way that moves, teaches and inspires them.

Before joining Quarry Bank in 2010 she was a Property Manager for Worcester Museums and a Project Manager for the large-scale re-interpretation of their storytelling. She has also worked for the National Trust at Dolaucothi Gold Mines and Little Moreton Hall, for the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere at Dove Cottage and in museums in the USA.

Amanda’s passion for storytelling and our history comes from her childhood adventures at heritage sites and was honed with a BA, an MA and an MSc in the fields of History and Heritage Interpretation.

When we think of marriage in Georgian high society and the regency era of Jane Austen we often think of love and romance. But marriage for the gentry and aristocracy was a serious business. For a woman marriage was the most important consideration of her life, a move that could bring security and status. But a good marriage could be hard to come by and disgrace or despair was never very far away. This talk explores the playgrounds of the wealthy – the marriage markets of their day – and uncovers some of the scandal and sadness in the lives of those involved.