The Hidden History of the Staircase

Produced by Juniper Television & Radio for BBC Radio 4. Past Preservers provided expert, Building Archaeologist Dr James Wright.

Join Rachel Hurdley as she climbs the staircase to discover a story of steps, status, segregation and grand entrances. Staircases go back thousands of years to the stepped temples of the ancient world. In this country they developed from simple ladders to the spiral staircases of medieval castles and the imposing stairways of Tudor mansions. Staircases may seem to be just a way of getting from one floor to another but, over the centuries, they’ve taken on a range of hidden meanings and symbolism.
  • Client:
    Juniper Television & Radio