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Following the success of our 1940s event in July 2017, we are very pleased to be running a further evening charter at Blists Hill Victorian Town, this time recreating scenes typical of the late Victorian and Edwardian period between 1900 and 1910. To put our re-enactment period in context, Queen Victoria died in 1901 and was succeeded by her eldest son who became King Edward VII and ruled for nine years until 1910. The Second Boer War ended in 1902, Lord Salisbury was Conservative Prime Minister (the last British PM to sit in the House of Lords as Prime Minister) and the fledgling Labour Party was just emerging; in 1908, London hosted the Olympic Games and old age pensions were first introduced.
The Museum at Blists Hill forms an ideal backdrop for re-enactors with its period shops, the public house and many other buildings, all either originals that have been carefully rebuilt on site, or replicas that have been constructed to their original designs. The village at Blists Hill is part of the world famous Ironbridge complex of ten museums. As a setting for period events from the Victorian era onwards the site is excellent and ideal for our charter which takes as its timeline the period that the Museum naturally seeks to recreate.
The building of Blists Hill as a museum began in 1967 at the same time that a brand new town, Telford, was being built on the former East Shropshire Coalfield. The industrial archeology that had so defined the region during the Industrial Revolution was gradually disappearing and it was felt that efforts should be made to preserve the buildings and artifacts that were so much a part of the areaís history.
Located on a fifty-acre site, Blists Hill incorporates some of the locationís original industrial features which have been restored. In addition, many other buildings have been constructed to create a small town reminiscent of the area at the turn of the Nineteenth Century. The town is now one of ten museums that together form the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. Buildings from a variety of different periods have been carefully researched and reconstructed using new heritage bricks and, with the exception of the post office, all are copies of an original structure from the area of the East Shropshire Coalfield.
Our event will start at 17.15 though we hope to be able to access the site from 16.30 onwards to allow those who would like to use the cafe the chance to do so before it closes and for our mandatory safety briefing. In addition to re-enactors, we have booked the Museumís steamroller for the evening to add some extra period atmosphere.
On this occasion, we will have exclusive use of the Museum after members of the general public have left the site for the day and there are no activities other than our photography scheduled for this evening. As with many top quality venues it is fairly expensive to hire, but well worth it in terms of the wonderful period backdrops that the site has to offer.
We hope that many of you will join us for what promises to be an excellent session of photography at this world-famous venue!
Event cost per person.