Temple Newsam to be brought back to life on Twitter

People are invited to join in the Tales of Temple Newsam today.
People are invited to join in the Tales of Temple Newsam today.

Historical characters from the past that have graced one of the city’s most famous and historic homes are to be given a new lease of life on Twitter.

As part of an innovative project, which will start today (Monday) at 1pm, users of the social network site will be able to take part and meet some of the people over the centuries that have lived at Temple Newsam House.

People will then be able to experience the performance on Twitter from 1pm on subsequent days until Friday August 15.

As part of the show which will last approximately 20 minutes, the script will follow the conversations of up to 15 historic characters associated with Temple Newsam, whilst some are comical, all will give an insight into life at the house and the social boundaries that existed in an ‘upstairs downstairs’ (master/servant) living.

To make the conversation and experience more authentic, the characters will use a combination of traditional English mixed with contemporary social media hashtags and slang put together by Leeds Museums and Galleries and The Butterfly Psyche Theatre Company.

To follow Temple Tales, all you have to do is subscribe to the Temple Tales list by visiting www.templetales.co.uk.

Please note you must already have a Twitter account in order to do this - if Twitter isn’t your thing, there is still an opportunity to view the performance over on the Leeds Museums and Galleries’ Storify page at the end of the first performance.

Temple Newsam House is one of the country’s most celebrated historic houses with over 40 restored rooms open to the public housing one of the most important collections of decorative art in Britain and remains one of the city’s most popular attractions.

After meeting the historical characters of the estate on Twitter, why not pop down and find out in person why it is so loved by visitors.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said: “In the digital age we now live in, it is important for museums to adopt new forms of media in order to engage audiences.

“In comparison to more traditional outlets of performance, Twitter allows the audience to become more ‘immersed’ with the story and its characters, with subscribers being able to ‘follow’, ‘favourite’ and ‘retweet’ the characters comments.

“We hope that this will shine a new light on the history of Temple Newsam and spark an interest to find out more.”

John Roles, Head of Leeds Museums and Galleries said:

“A trip to Temple Newsam House is always a fantastic experience, and we are delighted to be bringing its magic to a new audience on Twitter.

“As part of the performance, people on Twitter will be able to listen into the conversations and meet some of the characters that have lived at Temple Newsam House in the past, which promises to be both a unique and fantastic experience.

“It would be fantastic if through this more people are inspired to visit Temple Newsam House in person and find out why it remains one of our city’s most popular visitor attractions.”

Bobbie Robertson, principal keeper of Temple Newsam House added: “Over the last few years the Temple Newsam team have been working to bring the 500 years of stories at Temple Newsam to life.

“We are all very excited about using such new digital technology in an historic setting and hope that all audiences enjoy the ‘saga’ of Tales of Temple Newsam as it unfolds.”