Q. What's your background- singing, acting or teaching?
A. I have qualifications and experience in all three; my degree is in history & sociology. I've worked in museums and heritage sites since 2005. My full CV is available on my LinkedIn profile page (click here).
Q. What is 'Live Interpretation'?
A. Live Interpretation is the combining of 1st-person acting skills and historical facts to interpret the human experience of people in the past, in order to express a particular viewpoint or piece of knowledge to a modern audience.
Q. Which is your favourite character?
A. Whichever one I'm doing.
Q. Didn't you win an award?
A. Yes. In fact I have two awards: Outstanding Contribution to Excellence in Education 2016, and Visit England Tourism Superstar runner up 2016.
Q. Do you make your own historical costumes?
A. Most of them. I made 'Queen Elizabeth' and 'Marie Lloyd' myself and I bought 'Edith Cavell' from a textiles graduate. I upcycled a vintage 1980s silk gown to make the 1940s Union Jack dress.
Q. Are you the one that went on the Workhouse Diet?
A. Yes, in 2014. Here's the blog I wrote: http://theworkhousediet.blogspot.co.uk
Q. Are you the Rachel Duffield that sings with The Upper Octave?
A. Yes, for the last twenty years! Here's our website: http://www.theupperoctave.com
Q. Do you do arty stuff too?
A. I have a diploma in childrens book illustration and I am learning modern calligraphy. My style is influenced by vintage illustrators such as Beatrix Potter, Cicely Mary Barker and Mabel Lucie Attwell.
I'm Rachel Duffield. I'm currently co-ordinating the Requiem Project
for Creative Collisions Youth Arts Network at the Time & Tide Museum
in Great Yarmouth.
My work falls into three areas of the arts & heritage sector;
Consultancy: creative ideas & practical solutions for museum learning,
Remarkable Women: talks & cabaret for entertainment & leisure learning,
Live Interpretation: real & believeable characters for recreations & events.
I'm based just south of Norwich in my beautiful home county of Norfolk.