Hello! I'm Rachel Duffield, by day a Heritage Learning and Engagement consultant currently co-ordinating the Requiem Project at Time & Tide Museum, Gt Yarmouth.
By night (and at weekends) I offer historical talks, cabaret, museums live interpretation and heritage 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.
NB 'Queen Victoria' retired at the end of 2017.
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 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: