Victorian makeover at Westbury Manor Museum

IN THE FRAME  Rob Luckins, 33, from Fareham who specialises in portraiture ' and in particular those with a Victorian backdrop ' mixes with Professor King's Punch and Judy show. Picture: Malcolm Wells (133511-3905)

IN THE FRAME Rob Luckins, 33, from Fareham who specialises in portraiture ' and in particular those with a Victorian backdrop ' mixes with Professor King's Punch and Judy show. Picture: Malcolm Wells (133511-3905)

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VICTORIANS took over a museum and gave visitors a hands-on history lesson.

Westbury Manor Museum in West Street, Fareham, held a Victorian festival, which saw costumed actors entertain the crowds.

FUN DAY Visitors of all ages enjoyed the entertainment on offer at The Victorian Festival which proved to be a great success. (133511-3935)

FUN DAY Visitors of all ages enjoyed the entertainment on offer at The Victorian Festival which proved to be a great success. (133511-3935)

A traditional Punch and Judy show was held, run by Professor King.

Children created finger puppets in a craft session and enjoyed mince pies.

Fareham-based Rob Luckins bought his time-travelling photographic studio along, and he captured guests by using a mix of technology to create a Victorian effect.

Rob, 33, said: ‘It was a good day and really busy. About 25 families came through the studio and they loved it.

‘The museum staff dressed up and were getting into the spirit of it.’

Even curator Tom de Wit got into the spirit and dressed in a traditional costume.

The museum is running a year of Victorian activities, which continues tomorrow with a decoupage craft session at 11am until 1pm.

Decoupage, cutting colourful scraps and sticking them on cards, boxes and furniture, was a popular past time in Victorian times.

All the craft created will be turned into a museum display.

The session costs £1 and is suitable for ages four and over.

Entry to the museum is free.

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