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“Bringing the past to life today”
‘Pastpresent’ provides 1st person  interpretation  to make a historic site come alive. We research their characters to be relevant to the location and period.

  Here at TRERICE  (National Trust) you could meet Lady Agnes Cary and Sir John Arundel – nicknamed  ‘John for the King’ because of his loyalty to King Charles 1st .  It is the year 1651 and  Parliament have fined the estate almost to starvation – what price loyalty then? The visitors get a chance to learn through direct contact with the characters, through questioning them and hearing their stories, what life might have been like 350 years ago. ‘Pastpresent’, drawing on experience over more than 30 years of working in the field of interpretation can provide an interpretation planning service and staff / volunteer training. Recently we delivered both for ‘Mary Newman’s Cottage’ ( a Tudor screens passage house in Saltash), working with the Tamar Protection Trust to equip it with a handling collection, prepare a schools’ room and train the volunteer team to make the most of the site.

New A special programme to commemorate: the First Permanent Colony in the New World.  Click here

In 1997-2000 ad 2001/2 at ‘Torrington 1646’ we worked with a community working group to develop this Heritage Centre from scratch, project managing the redevelopment of the site, training the staff and creating a schools service that included an outreach programme. We have also worked with the National Trust Devon and Cornwall region in interpretation planning for a number of sites.

At other sites we have told the story of:
The fall of Pendennis Castle (1646)
The heroic defence of Wardour castle by Lady Blanche and her servants against overwhelming odds (1643)

The problems of everyday life at Buckland Abbey, when the master is out of favour with Queen Elizabeth 1st (1589)
The life of Mary Newman, first wife of Francis Drake, at her home in Saltash (1581)

Currently we are developing characters for Christmas at a Victorian industrial site.

In addition we have played characters in period Murder Mystery events and are happy to consider scripting  such.

To contact us please email info@pastpresent.org.uk or phone 01805 622433