Staircases!

Friday, February 18th, 2022

In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis taking the winding stair of history to explore the unexpected history of STAIRCASES! Which is all about medieval castles, Victorian houses, the development (absence) and taxonomy of staircases (including spiral stairs), and Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s also all about the fabulous Tulip Staircase at the Queen’s House in Greenwich, Inigo Jones, Queen Anne (or Anna) of Denmark, Henrietta Maria and court politics; the staircase hall at Powderham Castle in Devon (as seen in the Anthony Hopkins film Remains of the Day), heritage and accessibility; as well as staircases in the Forbidden City in Ming China. Who knew!

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