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Questionnaire activity

We are really starting to get some good feedback now from our Family History Group questionnaire, in a month or two we will collate the data and share the findings with you all. At the individual level, a lot of Group members are now making contact and telling us about their particular portrait silhouette collections and some great information is coming to light. In one instance, we have even been able to assign faces to the original couple occupying a significant local building! This is exactly the sort of finding we hoped the Profiles project would generate. 

Science Festival silhouettes

This February on the 14th and 15th, we are participating in the Brighton Science Festival's 'Bright Sparks' weekend. Come along with your youngsters and have a silhouette portrait made free of charge by one of our volunteers as they demonstrate the 19th C silhouette machine replicas we have built for the Profiles project.


Hove Park Upper School, Nevill Road, Hove BN3 7BN, 10:00am - 5:00pm - See here for further information about the weekend and entrance fees.

Family History Group Questionnaire

Over the last few weeks of 2014 and ongoing through January and February, we are liaising with Family History Groups all over the UK, asking Membership Secretaries to circulate a questionnaire about silhouette ownership. We hope that all of you belonging to Groups and owning silhouettes will participate in the survey, which is designed to allow us to calculate the prevalence of historic portrait silhouettes within a group of self-declared history enthusiasts. Many thanks in advance for your assistance.




Season's greetings all

We are winding down now for the end of year break, our best wishes to everyone for the Season and our thanks to you all for your participation and encouragement with the Profiles project - The Profiles of the Past team.

Printed silhouettes

We are being generously aided by a private collector of historic printed silhouettes and in a few weeks time expect to publish a small collection of these works in the Gallery section of the website. Watch out for an announcement in this blog when the images go live.

Final silhouette Shadow Theatre event

Friday 24 October 1000-1400hrs, join us for Silhouette Shadow Theatre at The Regency Town House. The event provides children with a hands on opportunity to make cut-out silhouettes and develop storytelling skills with these.
Pop Gun Productions first event at the Town House was very well received and we heartilly recommend this event to you. Drop in anytime during the opening hours and expect to spent about 30-45 minutes playing with the set. This activity is free and open to children and adults.


Free Shadow Theatre this week at The Regency Town House

On Sunday 19 October, 1100-1500hrs, and Friday 24 October 1000-1400hrs, we have Silhouette Shadow Theatre at The Regency Town House, providing children with a hands on opportunity to make cut-out silhouettes and develop storytelling skills with these.

Come along and discover the Giant Pantograph, custom built by artist Nick Sayers, and meet Puppeteer Grethe Mangala Jensen and Elizabeth Mienert* of 'Pop Gun Productions'. They will assist you to use their multi-sensory theatre and the silhouettes you make to develop your own novel stories.

Last chance to . . .

It's the final weekend of the Profiles exhibition. One of the most popular aspects of the show over the last couple of months has been the silhouette machines, which offer visitors the chance to have a portrait made and to try their hand at producing a profile. We have extra helpers over the weekend, to assist visitors who want to try using the machines so come on down and join in the fun!

Exhibition closing soon

The Profiles of the Past exhibition at The Regency Town House closes soon but you can still take in the display during Heritage Open Days (HODs), 11 - 14 September 2014. We expect to be very busy during HODs, especially on the Saturday and Sunday, the final two days of the exhibition, so we've arranged for additional volunteers to be present to assist visitors with using the silhouette machines. We hope you can make it along.

Silhouettes this Sunday

Exhibition: Profiles of the Past - 250 years of British Portrait Silhouette History

Venue: The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Hove, BN3 1EH
Public access:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11.00 - 17.00 hrs, 1 August  to 14 September 2014



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