Museum searches for paupers to bring history to life

Volunteers Colin Mann and Phil Robinson as workhouse paupers.

Volunteers Colin Mann and Phil Robinson as workhouse paupers.

First published in News Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A MUSEUM is looking for new recruits to help bring Northwich's workhouse history to life.

Weaver Hall Museum, in London Road, is appealing for volunteers to step into the role of Victorian paupers and demonstrate chores like washing in the dolly tubs, rag rug making and oakum picking.

Training takes place on the afternoons of September 20 and 21, which includes discovering the workhouse story with museum education officer Tom Hughes plus support and advice from actor and director Louise Nulty.

Tom said: “We want to show the human stories of the workhouse and show our visitors what life was like here.

"There’s no need to have any former experience of acting or presenting to groups, all are welcome and people could help out for a few hours each weekend, or maybe just every month.

"The museum is lucky to have some accurate replicas of Victorian workhouse uniforms so that volunteers can look the part. T

"hanks to our research volunteers we’re uncovering more stories of Northwich people who lived in the building and we believe these should be told.

"Many other museums have live interpretation and we’d love to offer this to people in Northwich.”

The museum intends to run demonstrations of workhouse life each weekend and for special events.

Prospective volunteers can register interest by emailing tom.hughes@cheshirewest.gov.uk or ringing 01606 271640.

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