Our newest presentation Eye Magic! offers an opportunity to join us for a hands-on experience of pre-cinema optical implements and kinetic toys, illusions and moving pictures: We have a huge range of original and re-created instruments, especially from this Georgian/Regency heyday: anamorphs, a reconstructed zograscope, peep boxes, kaleidoscopes - and, of course, our large walk-in Camera Obscura.
Our Wax Chandlery, as well as showing straining and dipping and uses in polishes, cosmetics and preservatives, also features an explanation of 'the perquisite of butts & stubbs' for some lucrative Georgian recycling... We continue to offer our safe child-friendly sealing wax activity - using replica period seals to impress - that provides a take away souvenir.
We also demonstrate all sorts of Georgian/Regency Games: counting systems, fiendish gambling, puzzles and games of skill - or simple amusement - highlighting the most popular passtimes of the period, including exotic imports from the colonies. We use replica and real boards, bone gaming chips, tokens and pieces. There is always the opportunity for hands-on participation by both children and adults.
Stories and anecdote always accompany our craft demonstrations but I also work specifically as a Storyteller. The growing number of newspapers and pamphlets present bizarre reports for my bulletin boards: There are tales of desertions; giant hogs; mud wrestling; marionettes; pleasure grounds; beautifiers - & not least the burnings of traesonous wives! - in addition to useful information of toll charges or grain prices.
I particularly enjoy tying my Storytelling to a venue by researching and developing local legends and happenings, or focusing on particular pieces from a museum collection or property. For this medieval period I can also dress as anun to combine work as a Paternosterer with the telling of pilgrimage tales. Presentations can also be specially themed, perhaps to the season; tailored to special interest groups, whether by occupation or gender - and made suitable for all ages.