18th Century Day

18th Century Day


Today is our annual day in the 18th-century
at the Wallace Collection. It’s a popular event that we run every year, attracting over
2,000 people,of all different ages. The Wallace Collection is very well known
as a Collection of 18th-century works of art and this was a very famous 18th-century town house in its heyday. And we are hoping to make people feel a little bit closer to that era. There are lots of ways that families can
engage with the Wallace Collection today, from dressing up and getting their photo taken, to learning some songs and dances from the 18th-century to making a puppet from Commedia dell’arte
or even going on a treasure hunt around the museum. We’ve hidden some QR codes, quick response barcodes, around the museum and we’ve been asking families to use their smart phones, to go around and find the codes answer the questions and then they win a prize if they get all the questions correct. I really liked it, as it was a challenge, so you had to look really hard, it was really
fun! I’ve been making a really cool puppet theatre It was a battle and then there were loads of cannons, like I saw in the armoury. We came down here and we coloured in the theatre flats and then we made puppets out of them
and started to put on a little production. I made a theatre too and it was all about
a lady singing a song to a woodpecker. They are just running around with little smiles
on their faces at the moment. And the great thing is we were able to take the theatre and the puppet home with us It’s a lovely souvenir of a wonderful day. I’m representing a sergeant in the first Foot Guards. I’m here with my corporal. There is a lot of gaming going on, we have a card table and a card game called faro being played. Huge sums of gold are being wagered
and we definitely want to make sure that people get safely home tonight across Hampstead Heath. I think my favourite activity today was the
event that was run by ‘We are Photogirls’ which is our pop up fashion studio. I got dressed up, and then I got my face painted and then I had lots of pictures taken of me. You got
to choose your dress, you got to choose what you looked like and then you got your face painted. The wig was so itchy and irritating but I just had to keep it on. We also had a large performance taking place in the Great Gallery with music, Commedia dell’arte and some dancing. The 18th-century costumes were very weird, as you don’t normally see them they were from a long time ago and you don’t normally see people walking around like that. So it was really fascinating to see. Today’s been really successful, which is really gratifying after several months of hard work
to put it all together. gratifying after several months of hard work
to put it all together. What is most gratifying What is most gratifying is when you have visitors who had no idea that it was on and stumbled across it. They had intended to come here for an hour and ending up staying all day, and that’s when we know we have done our job correctly. I really like the Wallace Collection it is one of a kind, it is very special to be here.

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