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WILTON’S MU­SIC HALL

1 This is a fan­tas­tic Grade II* build­ing, lo­cated in east Lon­don. The John Wilton Room houses four dis­plays in­spired by its ar­chae­ol­ogy col­lec­tion, a 3D model of the build­ing, and an au­dio-vis­ual in­stal­la­tion telling the story of the mu­sic hall. Wilton’s reg­u­lar one hour his­tory tour is also highly rec­om­mended – YFH has taken part in one, and found it to be both in­for­ma­tive and en­ter­tain­ing. Wilton’s also now has a dig­i­tal archive at www.google.com/cul­tur­alin­sti­tute/beta/part­ner/wilton-smu­sic-hall. www.wiltons.org.uk

GE­OR­GIAN THEATRE ROYAL

2 This Har­ro­gate theatre is rightly proud of its long his­tory, and of­fers a Ge­or­gian Theatre Ex­pe­ri­ence, where you can get an in­sight into the past, find­ing out abut the his­tory of the theatre – which was built in 1788 – and ‘savour the sights, sounds and smells of 18th cen­tury Eng­land’. The ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes a guided tour, and your ticket lets you re­turn as of­ten as you want for 12 months. www.geor­gianthe­atreroyal.co.uk

BRITANNIA PANOPTICON

3 North of the border, in Glas­gow you’ll find the world’s old­est sur­viv­ing mu­sic hall – the Britannia Panopticon, which opened in 1857, and didn’t close un­til 1939. The build­ing it­self still sur­vives on Tron­gate, and is open to the pub­lic Tues­days to Fri­days, 12-5pm – and spe­cial events are also held there. For ma­te­rial re­lat­ing to the Britannia Panopticon, team of vol­un­teers has digi­tised the scrap­books of for­mer owner AE Pickard, and these can also be viewed on­line at http:// pickardspa­pers.gla.ac.uk. www.bri­tan­nia­panop­ti­con.org

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