created by JJ published on 15 February 2016

Would you like to take part in a New BBC2 Living History programme?

 

Wall to Wall media want to reach out to people with disabilities who would be interested in exploring life in a different era and how their disability might be affected. There was a lot more disability in Victorian days and there wasn’t the degree of medicines and curative medicines that there is today, there also wasn’t the sophistication of the mobility equipment that there is today.

 

Wall to Wall Media are the production company who have been commissioned to make a landmark series over the Easter period of this year, where they will recreate a Victorian Slum in London in the hope of exploring the period before the birth of the Welfare State and how the plight of the Victorian poor changed our nation for the better.

 

The team are hoping to find participants to take part in the show, where modern day people will live for 3 weeks as the Victorians did in 1870.  

They are are keen to represent a slice of modern Britain, with people from different backgrounds, ages, abilities, different family dynamics – such as single parent families, retired couples, as well as people with different trades – such as shop keepers, tailors etc.

 

There was no welfare state back then and this had a big impact on how the Victorians lived for example, many people in the Victorian era lost limbs in industrial accidents, but prosthetic limbs were very expensive and weren’t as functional as they are now. To survive in the Victorian era, the best chance you had was to be a man at peak fitness, any man considered not to be at his peak then fell into the same bracket as women and the elderly – often earning little or no wage.  This often meant that people with prosthetic limbs would sell them in desperate measures, in order to feed themselves or their family.

 

Each person will have a different reason as to why they want to experience life in a Victorian slum – it could be a family connection such as their ancestors once lived in a slum, it could be a trade connection - that they own a shop in the modern day and want to know what it would be like to run a shop in a Victorian Slum, or it could simply be to compare then to now, what was better and what was worse. We hope it will mainly be about learning and gaining a personal experience.

 

For more information contact Leah Caffrey on 020 3301 8685 or email leah.caffrey@walltowall.co.uk

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