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One of the most successful crime drama series of recent years is the BBC series 'Peaky Blinders' which is set between the two World Wars in industrialised urban Birmingham. This TimeLine Event aims to recreate the tailored fashions of the 1920s as portrayed in the series against the fantastic period backdrop of Blists Hill Victorian Town. Expect the look, toughness and of course the guns and weapons that were all part of this notorious time in our first ever full photo shoot based on this theme.
We will have a host of around 15 re-enactors dressed appropriately to portray as accurately as possible this period, the men in sharp suits and the ladies in their flowing dresses, in daylight, at dusk and then, as evening falls, after dark with subtle and atmospheric lighting augmenting the period costume of our stunning re-enactors. The nature of this event means we need to place our visit after the public have left allowing us far more scope than during the day, however it does mean the costs have increased somewhat but we feel it will be worth the extra costs.
We will be able to enter the site from 16.00 in order to make use of the entrance building cafe before it closes, with our customary welcome and safety briefing taking place at 17.00 and the event starting shortly afterwards.
The shoot aims to capture the ambiance of the period including both male and female characters and their costumes. We will use smoke machines for atmosphere, decommissioned weapons for dramatic effect and subtle additional lighting, plus a few extra theatrical effects to add a further dimension to your photography. We will concentrate on the areas of the Museum that best suit the scenes we wish to recreate including the canal-side and the foundry. Those who have joined us for previous events at Blists Hill will know that the site oozes period character and will act as a superb setting for the sartorial elegance of the re-enactors portraying the dark and edgy world of the urban gangster.
The real Peaky Blinders were equally as unsavoury as their portrayal in the award-winning BBC television series. They were involved with protection rackets, bribery and robbery in the Small Heath and Bordesley areas of Birmingham from the 1890s through to the First World War and beyond, though with declining influence by the 1920s. They were, therefore, most dominant in a slightly earlier period than that portrayed by the TV series and though the Peaky Blinders continued to exist after World War I, by the 1930s they had been overtaken by larger, rival gangs including the Sabini Gang and the Birmingham Boys. They were not the sole criminal gang operating in Birmingham before the Great War, with others such as the Cheapside Sloggers being active at the same time and earlier. The TV series is set in the period between 1919 through until the sounding of the first air raid siren in the city in 1940 and will eventually run to seven series.
Though the term ‘Peaky Blinders’ is often claimed as being derived from razor blades sewn into the peaks of their caps for use as weapons, the name predates by many years the production of disposable razor blades in the United Kingdom. The word ‘blinder’ was and still is used as a local term in Birmingham to describe someone of very smart appearance, Peaky referring to their chosen headwear.
This should be an unusual event providing many atmospheric photographic opportunities. With places strictly limited, this is bound to be an impressive and popular event, and we hope you will wish to join us at one of the country’s premier period living museums.
- Spare batteries
- Lense cloths
- Camera protection - rain covers etc
Other things you should bring
- Bottled water
- All levels welcome
- Sturdy outdoor shoes
- Warm clothing
- Wet weather gear