For those of you who share a passion for history and enjoy learning more about what has come before (I’m sure you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t!), I’d like to point you in the direction of Lisa Lewis, the Victoriana Lady, and her brilliant work educating on the topic of the Victorian and Edwardian periods.
Her work concerning the reenactment and revitalisation of that era is exemplary and interactive; Lisa’s events and work make you feel a part of history. As an historian, I’ve found that the best way to learn history is to construct a narrative, rather than treating it as a non-linear analysis. As Lisa appears in costume and educates about the period with a brilliant and accurate knowledge, there is more than enough understanding that you and your guests to take away and use as a basis for greater learning on a topic of an era which various forms of media often romanticise or misconstrue.
She has published several forms of media and has a book in production, titled ‘The Fashionable Victorians’ through Schiffer Publishing, which will also cover the topic of mourning in the era, so keep your eyes out for that.
If you adore your history and are putting on an event, you can book Lisa as an event speaker; she will appear in costume and actually educate on the topics of the era, which makes her a part of living history. Your guests can be entertained and educated, while participating at the same time.