Bedtime secrets were shared with an appreciative audience and made all the more revealing because they were delivered with such delight by the popular TV historian Lucy Worsley.
She presented a fascinating run-through of beds and bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms and kitchens as she peeped into history from a novel perspective.
Sandwiched between prolonged applause from the packed hall, the chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces, offered up a serious message. She drew parallels with medieval households to say that future homes would adopt the same multi-functional living space..
In the Middle Ages, ordinary folks lived, cooked and slept in one room.
Thanks to kitchen extractors, rising costs of fuel, and personal convenience, homes of the future will also see people in one space, she said. “In the future, homes will look medieval,” she said. “Dwindling natural resources will force us to choose a different way of living.
“The kitchen will become the centre of the home again, returning to that of the medieval peasants’ cottage.”
Her gallop through the social and cultural mores of households down the centuries included an array of entertaining facts.