Wherever feasible, we like our historic interiors--especially kitchens and other service rooms--to work, or at least be capable of working. Subject of course to the client's wishes, we also like to furnish our interiors with objects that can be handled, and furniture that can be used.
Hands-on visitor involvement in historic sites is (quite rightly we believe) all the rage today, and a room which works is usually far more convincing than a static display where everything is fixed down and 'don't touch'. And one of the great advantages of using replicas rather than precious antiques is that they are quite easily replaceable. Replica items also look (and this is an important consideration) as they would have done at the period being portrayed, rather than like time-worn museum pieces.
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We have recreated several fully working kitchens, for example at Tretower Court and Tenby Tudor Merchant's House--both of which have been used to produce demonstration meals of period dishes, entirely prepared and cooked on site using replica period utensils. The working Victorian kitchen at the Judge's Lodging is regularly used for schools cooking demonstrations, as well as being a firm favourite for TV and filming.
But we don't just do working kitchens. At Walraversijde Mediaeval Village we recreated not only several working hearths, but also an operational bakery-oven and a working fish-smokery, and at Blaenavon Ironworks an 1841 'wash day'.
Our fully-equipped writing desks, where children can 'have a go' at period writing, have proved very popular both with visitors and clients: we have made these for Nantclwyd House, Tenby Tudor Merchant's House, Tretower Court and Oxwich Castle.
And of course our meticulously recreated interiors are perfect backdrops for in-house re-enactments and plays, as here at Plas Mawr. Given enough notice, we can even supply the costumed participants!