A Pepys into the past

111369_PEPYS_16/04/11''(l-r) Brother and sister, Theo McDowell (6) and Olivia McDowell (8) with Peter Barnett dressed as Samuel Pepys.''Samuel Pepys show at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (111369-508)
111369_PEPYS_16/04/11''(l-r) Brother and sister, Theo McDowell (6) and Olivia McDowell (8) with Peter Barnett dressed as Samuel Pepys.''Samuel Pepys show at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (111369-508)
Yousef Alam 6, Isabella Doyle 6, Halle Wellham 6, George McKechnie 6 and Isabel Manchip 6 with one of the islands they made out of papier mache

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YOUNGSTERS stepped back in time when they met famous 17th century diarist Samuel Pepys at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

The re-enactment comes courtesy of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and actors from the History Re-enactment Workshop who have been performing 350-year-old scenes in HMS Victory’s Starboard Arena.

In 1661 Pepys made his first visit to Portsmouth Dockyard and said he was ‘much pleased with the sight of the place’.

Pepys, who worked first at the Navy Board and then created the Admiralty as an efficient department of state, is well-known for his 1660-1669 diary which gave insight into the Restoration era.