Downton Abbey devotees and Anglophiles take heed! At 7:30 p.m. on May 11 at the Allen Public Library, Dr. Jann Mackey will share some of the secrets and mysteries of Highclere Castle, better known as “Downton Abbey,” on the popular PBS Masterpiece series.
Mackey’s lecture “The Real Downton Abbey: Inside Highclere Castle” focuses on the art, architecture and history of Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England. Mackey will share the history and stories of the Carnarvon family, which has owned the estate for centuries, including, George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who sponsored Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tut’s tomb in Egypt in 1922. Mackey will also explain how the fictional plot of “Downton Abbey” has unexpected echoes of the real history of the castle and the Carnarvon family.