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.
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 Brobtes desk .I wanted people to see actual size items and try using dip pens, chilrdren got to make their own mini books.the picturecof Keeper is printed actual size amd 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 work with Museums,
(Many thanks to Mark Davis photography for use of this image
Assorted locations and costumes,I am always happy to work outside if needed and in most costumes .
The talks are still availible to book ,though only Regency ,1940s and Bronte talks ,but these can be tailored to all ages and most situations.
(Many thanks to Mark Davis photography for use of the above image in the Bronte Parsonage )Also for the one below from the Bronte Christmas carol play,whick Ian Howard and I co wrote,I had not planned on acting the Part of Charlotte,but a combination of flu and bad weather meant I had my one and only performance as a scripted actress ,even thoughI had wrote the lines its incredibly stressful in front of an audience ,I wrote them down as prompts in my book and bonnet .
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 exclusive pre release screening of Jane Eyre ,its first showing anywhere in the uk ,these readings were given for VIPs including Hollywood director Cary Fukanuga.The dresscis based on the Bronte Paisley gown and except for pin tucks I added around the hem is an exact copy, but recreated in a fabric as close as possible to fragments from the era.The locket is a mourning locket but I had to use my own hair so its simple loop rather than wooven(I couldnt cut as muchcoff as would have been needed )the glasses are modern replicas but were tricky to walkcin unlike Charlotte I am long sighted and walking in a blurry world is disconcerting.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 complimented previous work done for Haworth and BBC big screen Bradford during filming its promotional video of Haworth.I was only supposed to be a background figure for this so I hadn’t put the accurate collar on and had a hoop on ,but it snowed heavily overnight and the young lady who was Emily was far too cold in the taffetta wide necked Emily gown,especially to sit or stand without a cloak on.My gown was wool so it was a little bit warmer.We putva hoop under the Emily gown so it moved better in the snow.
i have often been used for promotional work and to provide a costumed presence that attracts media interest for events
I also co wrote with Ian Howard a short work “A Bronte Christmas Carol”
We can be seen in the following media posts which are a small selection of those online
Firstly my work for the Bronte Parsonage museum
Most recently I was booked to be Emily Bronte for a day of events including a train journey ,bus trip ,walk on the moor and garden party ,this event was also filmed
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=565405100168108&set=pb.292485174126770.-2207520000.1392899722.&type=3&theaterThe Mrs Bronte day and advance publicity
the museums local day
one of the gowns I have supplied to the Parsonage
My other Bronte related work
http://www.squarechapel.co.uk/en/event/221?month=2029-08 (photo of myself with thw cast and quotes from my review)
We have also had our photograph chosen by an author for basis of her covers artwork andmore details to follow
As of the end of 2014 I will nomlonger covering events in costume or regularly take bookings for our old peoples home presentations.However I still give talks and power point presentations .