Stand and de­liver...

High­way­man reen­act­ment day goes with a bang

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by WILL BRADLEY wil­liam.bradley@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @GetSur­reyWill

CHILTERN Open Air Mu­seum was over­run

with rogues and thieves as vis­i­tors got a taste of liv­ing his­tory and met the dreaded high­way­men of the 18th cen­tury.

There were thrilling dis­plays of drill and fire­power from the Red­coat sol­diers, try­ing to keep the peace as it was demon­strated that be­hind the Ge­or­gian el­e­gance there was an ev­ery­day world in­hab­ited by or­di­nary peo­ple try­ing to make an hon­est, and dis­hon­est, liv­ing.

Ge­orge Hunt, vis­i­tor ser­vices team leader at Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum said: “This is al­ways a pop­u­lar event thanks to a fan­tas­tic group of re-en­ac­tors mak­ing the most of the Mu­seum’s di­verse site.

He added: “Any­one can read about high­way­men in books, but it’s re­ally re­ward­ing to see vis­i­tors be­ing in­formed and in­spired by hav­ing re-en­ac­tors stand­ing be­fore them.”

The in­de­pen­dent, out­door mu­seum also hosted in­for­ma­tive dis­plays by an au­then­tic bar­ber-sur­geon and vis­i­tors learnt about ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties like cook­ing, and crafts like tai­lor­ing and smithing.

It was an en­ter­tain­ing and ed­u­ca­tional day out for the whole fam­ily and there are more re-en­act­ment events planned at the pop­u­lar mu­seum through­out Au­gust for vis­i­tors of all ages.

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