Time Traveller

Ravenglass time traveller over-takes the railway museum

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A CONFUSED historical figure was seen wandering around Ravenglass Railway Museum.

A mysterious person dressed in period clothing questioned visitors in a bid to discover their own identity as part of a special performance on Saturday.

Four performances took place throughout the day, which were part of the museum’s first interactive theatrical production.

Visitors were tasked with unravelling clues posed to them through the event to jog the confused stranger’s memory and learn about their role in Ravenglass’ local history.

Their mystery guest this weekend turned out to be Mary Fair (1875-1955), who was a noted local photographer, amateur archaeologist and pioneer in X-rays, who worked with Marie Curie.

The show was a collaboration with Canadian museum theatre company, Live History Shows, who specialise in bringing local history to life and have travelled all over the world.

David Rounce, the museum’s manager, said: “West Cumbria has a strong local theatre community that we’d love to engage with – it’s the first time we’ve tried an event like this but it won’t be the last.”

The show was based around the unique artefacts and stories told by the Ravenglass Railway Museum.

This was the first ever visit to Cumbria for the family-friendly production company which provided educational fun for people of all ages.

Live History is a Governor General’s Award nominated theatre company and have performed in stately homes, art galleries, railway stations and castles.

This year, they are touring international venues in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda, England, Wales and Ireland.

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