Abigail Brassington and Benjamin Bryan, historical characters in dress at the heights of abraham

Actors join the team at the Heights of Abraham

Visitors to the Heights of Abraham this Spring are invited to hold a conversation with the past, as live actors, depicting characters from the estate’s 233 year history have been added to the summit team from now until Jubilee weekend (June 4th). 

Pictured: Benjamin Bryan, (former Victorian owner of the Heights) and Derby visitor Abigail Brassington standing alongside another new attraction, one of the five willow sculptures now on display at the award-winning hilltop park. 

Benjamin Bryan explains: “In my day, visitors had to climb up to the summit or travel by donkey, but these flying gondolas are amazing. A hundred and eighty years ago we would light fires on top of the tower to attract cavern tour customers, and it’s stupendous to see the tours are still as popular as ever”. 

Five specially commissioned willow sculpture pieces, created by Caroline Gregson, and the living history actors are part of the Heights’ celebration of visitors from the past, which culminates with the opening of a brand new exhibition in the refurbished Masson Pavilion in mid-May.

Mid 19th century visitor Abigail Brassington chose a tartan outfit for her day out. “It’s all the fashion in Derby,” she explained, “After Queen Victoria’s purchase of Balmoral, everyone’s besotted with anything Scottish!” She went on to confess she was a bit baffled by modern-day visitors, who kept pointing “little boxes” at her and asking about selfies. 

The live actors will be at the Heights Monday to Fridays until June 4th. For more information go to the Visit Nottinghamshire website and the Heights of Abraham page here.

Posted on 06 April 2022

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