Jetzt, da wir für die Saison geschlossen sind, Das Hausteam startet das Winterreinigungs- und Konservierungsprogramm. Die Arbeiten zur Reinigung und Neuorganisation der gelagerten Gegenstände auf den Dachböden haben begonnen, und diese Woche haben Angie und Sara das, was wir "Maids Room" nennen, komplett überarbeitet. This room is part of the tour for school visits and shows the students how a maid’s bedroom would have looked at the time Mr and Mrs Bruce Ward purchased the estate in 1918, comparing the starkness of the furnishings to the students bedrooms today. Seeing Angie and Sara working in their face masks made me wonder how the maid who occupied this room would have coped with the “Spanish Flu” pandemic that swept the globe from 1918 zu 1920. In contrast to our current pandemic, the Spanish Flu killed young, healthy adults, and was spread by soldiers in the First World War – with ideal conditions on troop ships and in the trenches for transmission of the virus. Without any viral medicines, or the chance of a vaccine, this deadly flu killed over 50 million people and infected a third of the world’s population at the time. We know that workers on the Godinton estate fought in the war and would have returned to Godinton on leave, but we have no information on how this impacted on the community here. Hopefully all were spared.