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BBC TV’s Ruth Goodman to appear in the Isle of Man 28 September 2010

Manx National Heritage and the Isle of Man Victorian Society are pleased to announce that Ruth Goodman will run two fascinating events at the Manx Museum during October.

Ruth Goodman is best-known as the presenter of popular BBC educational documentary series ‘Victorian Farm’, and more recently ‘Victorian Pharmacy’.

Ruth Goodman Victorian FarmThe first event will be a lecture on ‘The Victorian Farm’ at the Manx Museum on Friday 15th October 2010. In her lecture, Ruth will look back on her year working on the Victorian Farm in Shropshire, which was filmed as a historical documentary series following a team who live the life of Victorian farmers for a year. Ruth will revisit the highs and lows and the many lessons that the year taught her from the un-reality of reality TV to the difficulties of coal as a fuel.

Produced for BBC 2 by Lion Television, this documentary saw a team of three historians, Alex Langlands, Peter Ginn and Ruth Goodman, recreate rural life as it might have been in 1885. With viewing figures of more than six million for each episode, Victorian Farm has proven enormously popular with audiences throughout the UK.

Anthea Young, Education Officer for Manx National Heritage commented: “We are delighted to welcome such a high profile speaker to the Isle of Man and very much look forward to hearing about Ruth Goodman’s experience working on ‘Victorian Farm’, including ‘life behind the scenes’ on this fascinating programme. In addition, for anyone interested in Historical Clothing or an interest in fashion, Ruth will be hosting a workshop on Understanding Historical Clothing, which is certainly something not to be missed.

Ruth will use her expertise in this area to examine historical clothing and show how cutting and pattern drafting techniques employed at different times in the past affected the look and hang of a garment as well as influencing the way it was worn”.

The lecture on ‘Victorian Farm’ will take place at the Manx Museum on 15th October 2010 at 7.30pm until 9pm. Doors open at 7pm. The ‘Understanding Historical Clothing' Workshop will take place at the Manx Museum on Saturday 16th October from 10am to 1pm.

Tickets for the lecture cost £10.00, with a discounted price of £5.00 to members of the Friends of Manx National Heritage, Isle of Man Victorian Society and children. Tickets for the workshop cost £30 per person. The workshop is strictly limited to 20 places and anyone interested is encouraged to buy tickets now to secure a place. All tickets are available from the Manx Museum Heritage Shop, House of Manannan or online at

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