Specifically I used my research skills to create an historical presentation of Ritherdon’s past, made up of old company photos to be shown on the tour. It was very interesting to learn more about the company and its clients, including Chung Ling Soo, an English magician, real name William Robinson, who pretended to be Chinese to create a sense of mysticism to his magic acts (and unfortunately yes, he did use yellowface).
The Open Day itself was quite the experience, the first day the tour around the factory sold out, though our lack of signposting led people to come in through the main factory door which might not have been the best for their health and safety.
After correctly signposting everything, the day went off without a hitch, the rest of the tours through the week were successful and it was all capped off by our separate Family Fun Day event. It was unfortunate due to Covid we couldn’t hold it in the summer as we usually do, but it was still nice to put on some food stalls, rides and raffles to raise money for our friends at Child Action Northwest.