Museum takes a step back to Victorian times as new exhibition gets under way

LOOKING THE PART Westbury Museum's Danni Ross-Barton, Emma Hart and Julie Carter
LOOKING THE PART Westbury Museum's Danni Ross-Barton, Emma Hart and Julie Carter

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HISTORY came alive at a museum as volunteers recreated a Victorian family.

The event was held at Westbury Manor Museum, on West Street, Fareham, to mark the start of the Meet the Victorians exhibition.

The staff and volunteers were recreating a typical family, called the Dexters, from 1889.

Curator Tom de Wit said: ‘I was dressed as the gentleman of the house, we had one volunteer as the lady and another as a maid. There was a workhouse girl, too.

‘It was a fantastic day and we had several hundred people through the doors.’

Events took place throughout the week, with crafts and activities at the museum and a performance of a traditional Punch and Judy show.

A team from Country Markets also pitched in and set up a market stall selling fruit and vegetables and directed people to the museum.

Mr de Wit said: ‘It was nice to see them getting involved.

‘We were all really chuffed at how well the public took to it. All the kids wanted to get involved. It was great to see them learning about history in a fun way.’

The Meet the Victorians exhibition runs until January 18. Admission is free.