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Charles Carson, Butler: “We may have to have a maid in the dining room.”
The Earl of Grantham: “Cheer up, Carson. There are worse things happening in the world.”
Carson: “Not worse than a maid serving a duke.”
-Downton Abbey
Follow the lifestyle of the British upper class and its transformations over the centuries. The Country Life Archive is now available as a standalone database.
Country Life covers:
- Architectural and art criticism
- The Royals
- Debutants
- Rural lifestyles of the British elite
- Fine art
- Great country houses
Country Life will help researchers in a range of disciplines including:
- Art history
- Social history
- British studies
- Social class systems 
Full runs of publications from this time period are difficult to come by. Every image has been captured from the first issue in 1896-2005. Country Life’s record of historic British houses Country Life is often the only source for authentic restoration work.
For more information read the press release.

Charles Carson, Butler: “We may have to have a maid in the dining room.”

The Earl of Grantham: “Cheer up, Carson. There are worse things happening in the world.”

Carson: “Not worse than a maid serving a duke.”

-Downton Abbey

Follow the lifestyle of the British upper class and its transformations over the centuries. The Country Life Archive is now available as a standalone database.

Country Life covers:

- Architectural and art criticism

- The Royals

- Debutants

- Rural lifestyles of the British elite

- Fine art

- Great country houses

Country Life will help researchers in a range of disciplines including:

- Art history

- Social history

- British studies

- Social class systems 

Full runs of publications from this time period are difficult to come by. Every image has been captured from the first issue in 1896-2005. Country Life’s record of historic British houses is often the only source for authentic restoration work.

For more information read the press release.

22 Dec 2015

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