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Hello! I'm Rachel Duffield, by day the Learning and Engagement Officer at Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse in Norfolk.
By night (and at weekends) I offer historical talks, cabaret, museums live interpretation and schools education sessions in a variety of guises, all cunningly listed on this very website.
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.
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 performing.
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' all by myself, I had help with 'Queen Victoria' 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. Would you like a cup of tea after your performance?
A. Ooh, yes please. Milk, no sugar, thanks.
For information on my work in museums learning & engagement, please click on this link to my LinkedIn profile: