Henry’s living history
FOR the summer, Wimpole Hall has hired a new member of staff – an 1850s stable groom. The National Trust estate is steeped in Victorian heritage and to recognise this has enrolled the help of Henry, a Victorian character who knows all about the estate s p
FOR the summer, Wimpole Hall has hired a new member of staff - an 1850s stable groom.
The National Trust estate is steeped in Victorian heritage and to recognise this has enrolled the help of Henry, a Victorian character who knows all about the estate's prestigious history.
History interpreter Stephen
Wisdom, who plays Henry, said: "I act as a bridge between Wimpole and the public. So far my character has been well received, as we try and bring history to life.
"I talk about life as an 1850s groom hand and answer questions past and present about the estate. People come here and have a fabulous day out and hopefully I can add to that.
"I think children can learn from their visits. We use a lot of colour and visual aids, which can be more engaging to children.
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"They can get a feel of what went on in this environment and see me polishing tack and grooming horses."
Henry can be found in the main stable block on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout August.
One visitor, Cathy Burrows, of Sandy, said: "Henry is a great idea, although at first he did make us all jump. He knows his stuff and is very helpful - definitely better than a map. It's nice for the children to see how things worked."
Catherine Hayburn, Wimpole's marketing and events officer, said: "Having Henry in the stable block has certainly enlivened the area and visitors love talking to him about his jobs and the history of the estate.