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Past Pleasures is recognised as providing the best Live Interpretation in the business. Our interpreters are second to none and are hand-picked by the company's directors, after which they undergo rigorous training in the many techniques of historical interpretation. These Include:

  • Character development through comprehensive, primary source research
  • Performance and improvisation skills
  • Public speaking and voice projection
  • Tour guiding
  • Storytelling
  • Costume wearing
  • Portrayal of status
  • Period deportment, etiquette and language

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New interpreters learning from Creative Director, Kate Howard




Mark Wallis takes a keen interest in training interpreters



We offer this training and recruitment service to clients who wish to hire and train new staff or develop the skills of existing ones in any of the above areas. Where we undertake non-costumed work, we do so under the auspices of Past Pleasures Heritage Theatre – our alternative registered company name. Over the last quarter century we have run our training programmes around the world, including:

Live costumed historical interpretation training for Professionals:

  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, USA
  • Sovereign Hill Museums Association, Australia
  • Hungarian Museums Service, Hungary
  • National Trust, Wales
  • Shugborough Hall, National Trust & Local Authority
  • Dickens' World, Chatham Dockyard, Kent

Live costumed historical interpretation for Volunteers:

  • Hardwick Hall, National Trust

Non-costumed interpretation training:

  • The London Aquarium
  • The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • Historic Royal Palaces Storytelling



Bespoke training sessions to suit the needs of any site


Training 3


New interpreters during the final stages of training



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