Reviving the Historic House
May 5, 2011 8:07 PM Subscribe
What is the coolest thing you can imagine doing at a historic house?
I work for a museum with a bunch of historic houses, and we're trying to think of some innovative, fun, new ways of livening them up. The aim is to find new, relevant and fully involving ways of exploring historic house environments inside and out - while getting beyond the period-room-display and guided-tour thing.
So imagine you were able to use a historic house museum as a space for something really cool that appeals highly to you. There are no parameters - don't worry about protecting the house, furnishings, or limiting yourself to regular hours of the day, or anything like that. Anything goes no matter how unconventional.
To give you some idea, some things we've already discussed:
Watch period movies in a period room (like, the Jane Austen movies, Frankenstein, etc)
Watch SCARY movies in a period room
Use the backyards as an "open yard' place with horseshoes, cookouts, etc
Invite comic book artists to draw the rooms with scenes taking place and exhibit that on the walls
"history of sex" tours
Domestic arts...knitting groups, sewing, etc
Theatrical experiences - including a ghost tour where YOU are the ghost instead of hearing about ghosts
Retreat, meditation space
Live animal visits, pets from the time period (parrots, monkeys, etc)
....what else? Please, offer anything at all that might catch your eye and make you say "Hm, that would be cool to go to..."