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Saturday 3rd July 2021 Didcot Parkway Station, Station Rd, Didcot OX11 7NJ

A full day with the great Ragged Victorians at Didcot Railway Centre

Join us for a day’s photography at the atmospheric Didcot Railway Centre featuring the fantastic and photogenic Ragged Victorians re-enacting group posed against the fine period backdrops this site offers


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About this event

With grateful thanks to the Ragged Victorians and Didcot railway centre, we invite you to join us for a day of photography in Oxfordshire with one of the most authentic re-enacting groups to be found anywhere, being photographed against the excellence of Burnell's Victorian broad gauge Railway.

We will have exclusive use of the broad gauge area within Didcot railway centre. This includes the period and correct transfer shed, Frome Mineral exchange signal box, complex track layout that was synonymous with the Victorian broad gauge and standard gauge exchange and of course 2 wonderful broad gauge locomotives and carriages, bought to life with the help of our steam machines! Didcot offers the perfect backdrop for photographing this wonderful group of period re-enactors that denote the underclasses and working classes of the Victorian era. In addition to the scenes areas we will be offering a separate area for you to capture up close portraits of these wonderful re-enactors.
Based on previous experience, this is likely to be an extremely popular event so please book early to ensure a place. We look forward to seeing you at Didcot to recreate another glimpse of the past as only the Ragged Victorians can portray it. Our day will start at 10:30 with our usual briefing, and with the exeption of lunch we will be photographing through until 16:30.

About the Ragged Victorians:

The Ragged Victorians are a high-quality, award-winning living history group who specialize in portraying life as it was for the lower classes in the 1850s. This was a time of immense hardship for ‘the great unwashed’ who often had no homes, no income and definitely no benefits system to fall back on. We are privileged to be able to work once again with a group so highly-regarded for their historical interpretation and attention to detail.

The Ragged Victorians were the first re-enacting group to begin accurately portraying this less than glamorous and often-overlooked aspect of British history. The opposite side of the coin to the great triumphs of the Industrial Revolution, the group depicts the suffering and day-to-day struggles of the working classes who had to perform some of society’s least savoury duties in return for wages that amounted to no more than a pittance. The group embraces the roles of the historical characters that they portray, warts and all, and are as good at what they do as anyone.

Currently all of our events will run in line with our Covid-19 policy that follows government guidelines. You can find our Covid-19 policy information page here.

*Please note images are to illustrate models and were taken at a different location.

Event requirements


  • Spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Lense cloths
  • Lenses


  • All levels welcome


  • Low

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