Cowslips, Cuckoos and Candles
A Living History activity and display for Museum and Heritage sites and for events that celebrate aspects of Victorian life.
Maureen James has been building on the years of research for her PhD, on the folklore of Lincolnshire and the Fens, by setting up a Victorian Living History display and demonstration. This activity received a favourable reception in the Heritage area at the 2012 Heckington Show.
Maureen provides artefacts, images and text to illustrate folk beliefs and the annual folk calendar. These, when accompanied by age related commentary, have been shown to successfully provoke reminiscences from the more senior members of the audience and interested comments from the younger.
Maureen portrays a fictional late Victorian folklorist (named Wilhelmina Peacock) and is often accompanied by her husband Stuart (as her cousin Adrian Fowler).
The display can either be installed within your premises (for which a long table is required) or we can provide the Telling History cover (for which an area of 7 metres square is required for the structure including guys).