UKDHM has been approached to see if anyone would like to take part in a living history programme shooting at the end of March for up to 3 weeks. They very much want disabled people to be in the programme and it will mean living in role for 2- 3 weeks. See below
So as I was saying, I’m working on a new BBC ‘living-history’ series which will recreate the Victorian slums of Britain and is looking for people (UK-wide) to become part of the community. We want to invite people with disabilities to come forward who are interested in history and up for the challenge. Please see the press release from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2016/bbc-two-the-slum?lang=gd
I work for a production company called Wall to Wall Media (www.walltowall.co.uk), which has made programmes like Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC One), and popular living history series such as Back In Time For Dinner (BBC Two) and Victorian Bakers (BBC Two).
We have been commissioned to make this landmark series for BBC Two over the Easter period 2016 that will recreate the Victorian East End of London and populate it with families, couples and adult siblings from all backgrounds and from all over the UK who are interested in experiencing the lives of the Victorian poor, or who currently live in Britain’s industrial cities. They may even have ancestors who lived in the slums of these major cities. The aim will be to live, work and make ends meet exactly as the Victorian poor would have done. The people selected will be expected to find work, master old trades and sell their wares in order to put food on the table and to make the weekly rent. We want to explore the period before the birth of the Welfare State and how the plight of the Victorian poor changed our nation for the better. We would like to hear from adults (they must be aged 18+). from all backgrounds who have different stories to tell about THEIR lives today. There was such a diverse mix of people who ended up in the Victorian slum community and we would like this mix of people to be truly represented in the people we select to take part – this will also enable us to highlight a range of issues at the time.
People who might be interested can contact us to find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7241 9228 or read more athttp://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/takepart/the_slum
We can assure you that we take our duty of care to our contributors very seriously and there will be many talks with the team here before anyone is asked to take part. We are confident that it will be a challenging but truly fascinating and unique experience for everyone involved.
I would be happy to answer any questions on 0207 241 9228.