Transcending Thresholds

Pantry entryway

About Transcending Thresholds

Transcending Thresholds will expand Cliveden's interpretation about the lives of people enslaved and in service at the site through developing exhibits and reimagining the tour program to include greater emphasis on the service spaces at Cliveden, specifically the 1767 Kitchen Dependency and pantry with living quarters above and the 1959 Kitchen (formerly the colonnade and later the butler's pantry).

There are two goals for this project: one, to place greater emphasis on the service spaces and on the lives and labor of those enslaved and in service to the Chew family who spent much of their lives preparing and cooking food; and second, to further explore the complex human relationships, power dynamics and social boundaries through the physical and metaphorical doorways at Cliveden.

Second floor of the 1767 Kitchen Dependency
Cellar stairway
Pantry threshold

Public Programs

1767 Kitchen Dependency Hearth Wall

Behind the Doors: Uncovering the Stories of Domestic Laborers at Cliveden

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023 | 7pm on Zoom

Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz, Vice President of Collections and Public Engagement at Stratford Hall, will lead a discussion introducing the essential roles that both enslaved and paid domestic workers played in maintaining the household at Cliveden and why we should pay more attention to these histories. The program is free; advanced registration through our website is required.

Transcending Thresholds is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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