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Sun, 06 Mar



Workshop: Touching Past Lives; Bring to life Personal Histories

Sunday afternoon workshop exploring how to use archive documents to bring family history dramatically to life!

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Workshop: Touching Past Lives; Bring to life Personal Histories
Workshop: Touching Past Lives; Bring to life Personal Histories

Time & Location

06 Mar 2022, 14:00 – 16:00

London, 3 Pilgrim's Pl, London NW3 1NG, UK


About the Event

Dr Holly Maples, lecturer at the University of Essex,is a theatre director, writer, and researcher working with heritage sites to bring to life the past in dramatic and interactive ways.  Having worked on Heritage Lottery projects at stately homes, heritage sites, and in museums on stories from the Vikings to Medieval Women and 18th Century Abolitionists. Dr Maples leads this workshop on how to dramatize historical documents, archive materials,and personal histories and create narratives for drama, creative writing and literature. Through a range of activities Holly will demonstrate how to explore your own family letters and archives to tell your story and the story of those close to you. By following Dr Maples' guidance you will be able to create your very own drama based on these experiences.

Dr Holly Maples is a theatre director, performer, educator and scholar. She received her PhD at Trinity College Dublin in Theatre. From 2017-2020 Dr Maples acted as Drama lead on Norfolk heritage projects with the Paston Footprints project and the Norwich Castle Museum. In 2021 she led a UK Heritage Tour exploring the 18th century slave trade and abolitionist movement in Historic Churches with close ties to the Slave Trade and Abolition Movement for Black History Month. She is currently the Director of Impact at East 15 School of Acting, University of Essex.

We request that you book online or via the Chapel Office (020 7433 3267) for this session.

Please make a donation to the Chapel so that we can continue to offer these special events! 

Donations can also be made as cash or contactless donations. Today's cash and contactless collection will be donated in full to the British Red Cross's Ukraine Emergency Appeal. If you prefer to donate online to the Ukraine Appeal you can do so here.


The Chapel is a COVID-19 secure venue. We have regular cleaning, a one way system and ventilation. To help us keep encourage you to wear a face mask, unless exempt, especially when moving around the Chapel and also when seated, if possible. Due to extra ventilation please wrap up warm!

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 please do not book or attend a Chapel service or event and follow the Government advice. Symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • A high temperature.
  • A new cough where you keep on coughing – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more episodes of coughing in a day.
  • Losing, or there being a change to, your sense of smell or taste.

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