Friday, 26 August 2011

Oh I do like to be beside the Regicides

Another wonderful day at Elizabethan House on the South Quay at Great Yarmouth yesterday.

This time I was attended not only by the House's usual band of willing and superb volunteers, but I also finally got to meet and work with Mandy London, she of Hands On The Past (

Mandy was instructing visiting children- and adults, where required- on Elizabethan calligraphy, in the the room in which, according to legend, the death warrant of King Charles I was signed.

I was doing my usual Queenie costume talk in the room next door, and Mandy joined me to be fabulously obsequious in all the right be repeated next week- Thursday 1st September, 12-4pm, to be precise.

Do come along! 

Thursday, 18 August 2011

From Diamonte to Deerstalker

Dragon Hall is a medieval merchant hall in one of Norwich's oldest thoroughfares, King Street. Yesterday, I took Queenie there to speak to about twenty or so very enthusiastic young listeners and their well behaved accompanying adults. One young lady was even dressed in her own Tudor clothes. After my talk, we made bejewelled paper ruffs, and masks of  Elizabeth I and Henry VIII. It was a relaxed and enjoyable afternoon's work.

As it was a Yoof-full clientele, I directed a lot of my customers towards both my website,, and to my Queenielives Facebook page. I also drummed up a bit of interest in my QueeniePegs, which have been lamentably neglected recently...but watch this space.

Queen Victoria is nearly finished, thanks to my own efforts and those of my mum, which are much appreciated, particularly the insertion of the sleeves. "Mrs Brown's" first royal walkabout will be on September 3rd, for the Norfolk Lacemakers.

Following on from my day at Christchurch Mansion as Beatrix Potter I've also been approached to talk as that particular eccentric lady! So, anyone know where I can buy a ladies deerstalker?!!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Brilliant photos by Antonella Muscat

This series of pictures shows me transforming from 2011 Rachel to 1578 Queenie. Imagine this taking 45 minutes in front of an audience, with me talking all the time, and you've got the general idea of my freelance work...

Monday, 1 August 2011

Knickerless Cage

Did you know some of Queen Victoria's knickers had a 56 inch waistline?

Anyway, without bloomers, this is a quick pic of my 'first draft' Queen Victoria crinoline...

Just a little note, added in November 2011: It has been bemusing me for some time why this, of all my posts, consistently gets the most hits. Innocent little rose that I am, it's only just dawned on me that its probably because it has the word 'knickerless' in the title.
Sorry to disappoint those hoping for something more salacious. 

One Does Like To Be Beside The Seaside

I spent a happy two days in Great Yarmouth this week; firstly, as Queenie at Elizabethan House on the South Key, and then as a Roman Lady at the Time & Tide Museum

Elizabethan House is owned by the National Trust and managed by NMAS. The volunteers there were exceptionally welcoming and friendly, which got the day off to a flying start.

The building has rooms in a variety of settings and eras. After a quick publicity jaunt around Yarmouth in full costume, I spent all day in the Tudor Bedroom, dressing and undressing several times for the benefit of the nation. My final talk of the day happened to be to a group of National Trust people from Lavenham, with a senior Norfolk museums manager in tow. They were most appreciative, which is always a relief!!

No photos yet available from Elizabethan House, but I have attached some from my Roman day at Time & Tide. The excellent Steve Stigwood was outside being a Legionary all day, but the chap with me in the picture isn't him... A rather different look for Queenie!!