I am sadly nolonger making costumes or doing the presentations ,I am still really happy to give a talk or do meet and greet for charities for no charge, though I nolonger have as wide a range of outfits.I have left this post so that anyone with questions about what I can do to help at charity events etc now has an idea of what I could do.
My work was rather hard to summarise but I described myself as a costumed educator .I used historical costume and items of clothing and original artefacts and my own specifically designed aids, such as worksheets to bring history to life .
These are my accurate recreations of Bronte diary papers and mini books.I also recreated the contents of Emilys writing slope and later of Charlottes.The diary papers are actual size written with dip pens.The letters are sealed with sealing wax ,the lace is similar to the fragment in Emilys Brontes desk .I wanted people to see and handle actual size items and try using dip pens, children got to make their own mini books.the picture of Keeper is printed actual size and cut to shape.
I worked with all ages and a diverse group of clients ,including museums, day centres, residential homes ,schools, village associations ,charities and the media.I also occasionally did more realistic location shoots to pronote events
Most of my work involved recreating accurately a historical costume and my background is largely academic .Though I have done more relaxed events.
I have an Honours degree in European humanities with classical studies ,diplomas in related subjects ,though I also have tourism and business studies HND and I am aware of the need to “market” certain events or provide a more public friendly form of “entertaining” education.
I have accurate costumes often with many original items ,for reenactment work with Museums,
(I am indebted to Mark Davis photography for use of the images below.)
(Many thanks to Mark Davis photography for use of this image
I am always happy to work outside if needed in most places ,most costumes and most weather.
Tilly my little Cavalier King Charles spaniel is available to come with me if required ,shes very popular as a PAT pet on visits to old people homes where some residents are room bound
The talks are still available to book ,though only Regency and Bronte talks ,but these can be tailored to all ages and most situations.
Ian Howard and I co wrote this play .
I have worked for the Bronte Parsonage giving both talks and occasionally providing childrens activities or giving readings such as this reading from Jane Eyre in the rooms of the parsonage during their pre release private screening of Jane Eyre which involved the cast and director (It was the films first showing anywhere in the uk )Many thanks to Mark Davis photography for use of these images.
This was followed up by further costume work for the parsonage BBC breakfast filming and BBC big screen Bradford
I also made the costumes used in this filming.Though I dont usually make costumes to order I have made limited numbers for re en-actors at Kentwell Hall.Warwick and Tutbury castle .I have often been used to help source people and costumes for promotional work and to provide a costumed presence that attracts media interest for events,the photos below were from a photo shoot to publicise the Tour de France as it was going to go through the village that year.
We can be seen in the following media posts which are a small selection of those online