An ancient history graduate had turned his hand to ‘method acting’ to teach young people about history.
From the American War of Independence, as featured in the popular new Assassins Creed video game, to the Second World War, ancient Rome and Medieval Boston - Kirton man Michael Hallett has an alias for every era.
The 21-year-old is in the process of launching his own business, providing practical history workshops for schools, clubs and heritage sites.
Mr Hallett’s history workshops stick to the school curriculum, but he can ‘adapt to other specialist eras’.
“With my redcoat uniform I’m representing a private in the 79th Cameron Highlanders under the Duke of Wellington’s British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. I do a Scottish accent for this.
“I can also talk about the history of the Redcoats in the American War of Independence, 20 years earlier, if it was requested.”
Being able to master the apporpriate accents and stay in character is part of the appeal of his workshops, which fall in line with the school curriculum.
“I make some elements of the costumes myself, as authentic original uniforms are wquite hard to come by,” he said.
“I’ve put together a costume just right for representing industrialist Brunel when featuring the history of the Victorian era, and am working one for Lincolnshire botanist Joseph Banks.”
His bold venture has already earned the support of the Princes Trust and seen him work with local history groups such as the Guildhall Museum.
“I’m starting off small, but the workshops are growing and I’ve already got several sessions booked,” he said. “Planning everything is itself like a military operation - I have a big map on my wall at home marking out the schools I’m going to in the area.”
Mr Hallett said he feels lucky to have had such a good history teacher at Boston Grammar School, and feels it’s very important children are engaged with history at a young age.
He added: “There are some adults today who don’t know who Churchill was and I think that is a travesty.”
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