Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Reenactors needed in Thetford!

For those of you living in the Thetford area in England, it's time the don the armor and volunteer to participate in their Ancient Museum's reenactment activities scheduled for this year. (I wish I lived close by - the Rampaging Romans and Irate Iceni sounded like particular fun!)

"Ancient House Museum, in Thetford, [England] has launched a recruitment drive in a bid to get more residents from the town in costume and involved in their House Alive days.

Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service has been running a series of popular, fun and informative re-enactment history days at the Grade I listed building, in White Hart Street, since it reopened after a £1.6m refit in 2006.

Officials now want to encourage more enthusiastic people to volunteer as a 'Thetford Treasures' who might be willing to dress up as Tudor cooks, maids, or ladies and gentlemen.

Karen-Emma White, from Ancient House, said no experience was necessary to become a House Alive helper and training would be provided.

“Becoming a museum volunteer is a rewarding and sociable activity and as a Thetford Treasure you will be part of a small friendly team working in a delightful, fascinating and award- winning environment,” she said.

The team of volunteers also support the museum's outreach work at events at Gressenhall Museum of Rural Life, Thetford's dragon boat racing, and Weeting Steam Engine Rally.

Some of the House Alive events in 2008 are:

Victorian spring cleaning on Friday February 15, 11am - 2pm.

Meet the Tudors on Friday 26 March, 11am - 2pm.

Rampaging Romans and Irate Iceni - learn about Roman life during the reign of Boudicca - on Friday May 30, 11am- 2pm."

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