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Blists Hill Street Kids

First person child interpretation of Victorian life in a reconstructed Victorian Town.

1st April 2009 - 31st January 2010

The reconstructed town of Blists Hill is brought to life by costumed demonstrators in the houses, shops and businesses and an on-site professional theatre group.  Adding a new dimension to the activities are the street urchins selling newspapers, shining shoes, running errands and playing street games.  Weekends and school holidays have become a busy time for the dozens of children who come and learn about their heritage, take part in traditional crafts and work related activities and perform first person interpretation of the exhibits and lifestyle of the late 19th century for the visiting public.

The young interpreters, aged between 9 and 13 years of age, learn alongside the site interpreters and professional actors as well as benefiting from guidance and training from outside specialists such as professional speakers, musicians and artists.

The outcome has been an improved, historic and interactive site interpretation undertaken by young people who have been empowered through confidence building, fun and innovative training and mentoring.