The Real Downton Abbey: Inside Highclere Castle

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Downton Abbey devotees and Anglophiles take heed. 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.

Dr. Mackey’s lecture focuses on the art, architecture and history of Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England. Dr. 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. Dr. 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.

An architectural historian, Dr. Mackey focuses on historic houses and buildings in Dallas, as well as British country houses. Passionate about sharing her knowledge of architectural treasures with her audiences, Dr. Mackey is a frequent lecturer in Southern Methodist University’s Continuing and Professional Education programs. Dr. Mackey also served as president of the board of trustees of Preservation Dallas.

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