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Who do you think you were?

Who do you think you were?

Who do you think you were?

The reign of Elizabeth I from 1558-1603 was a time of extraordinary enterprise.

New opportunities for creativity and wealth creation in this period saw the beginning of the rise of the so-called ‘middling sort’ or middle classes. Complementing the exhibition Elizabeth I and her People, explore the reign of Elizabeth I through the lives and portraits of her people. Answer a few lifestyle questions about the period and discover your inner Elizabethan!

 

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Tell us More about our silhouettes, photograph of Hubert Leslie, Silhouettist

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Tell us More about our Silvy sitters, photograph of Camille Silvy, photographer with boy

Tell us more about our Silvy sitters

Help us identify the sitters who visited Camille Silvy’s photographic studio during the 1860s.

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