Kerri Young organised a re-enactment of Charles I's final hours at London's Banqueting House, in partnership with Historic Royal Palaces.
The event, held September 16, 2012, offered the chance for visitors to learn about history where it happened and meet Charles I, as he recounted the events leading up to his untimely end upon the scaffold on January 30, 1649. Charles and his Parliamentarian guard lead visitors around the Banqueting House, illustrating the revolutionary nature of the English Civil War and the people who sought to forever change the relationship between ruler and subjects.
Kerri partnered with Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), choosing the Banqueting House because it is the only one of the five HRP locations without a live interpretation program.
“In a way, my project is an experiment to see if an HRP-style costumed interpretation can work within a smaller and less-often visited historical site. Nevertheless, the Banqueting House has a fascinating history, for it was the site of Charles I execution in 1649. It was the first time a people put their monarch on trial and subsequently executed him for treason. I have always found this era of English history fascinating; it was 17th century England when the relationship between a monarch and his subjects forever changed, and new demands for the freedom of speech and natural rights for the less-privileged first emerged in public.”