Crowds delve into past at history roadshow

Joe Crowley , Prof Kevin Scurer, Stewart White, Dr Carenza Lewis and Michael Wood former the panel at The Great British Story event at Ickworth House
Joe Crowley , Prof Kevin Scurer, Stewart White, Dr Carenza Lewis and Michael Wood former the panel at The Great British Story event at Ickworth House
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NEARLY 1,000 people flocked to a history roadshow to delve into their roots and rub shoulders with TV personalities.

Crowds flocked to Ickworth House on Sunday for the Great British Story event, which was organised by the BBC to coincide with a new series of the same name that explores the past through the eyes of ordinary people.

Re-enactors at the roadshow style event, which was organised by the BBC to coincide with the launch of their new TV show The Great British Story

Re-enactors at the roadshow style event, which was organised by the BBC to coincide with the launch of their new TV show The Great British Story

One of the biggest draws was a panel discussion featuring the show’s presenter, television historian Michael Wood, the One Show’s Joe Crowley, archaeologist Dr Carenza Lewis and surnames expert Professor Kevin Schürer.

Brimming with knowledge, they revealed who they thought were the greatest figures in British history and challenged each other to identify mysterious historical artefacts.

One of the most popular segments of the panel was the history of surnames, which was examined further by local groups elsewhere in the opulent caverns of the stately house.

Visitors could also look at historical objects and explore local history and place names.

There were 1930s cooking demonstration in the basement of Ickworth House, which was part of the National Trust's Ickworth Lives

There were 1930s cooking demonstration in the basement of Ickworth House, which was part of the National Trust's Ickworth Lives

Michael Wood, who filmed some of the TV show at Bury Records Office, was fascinated by the audience contributions to the panel discussions.

He said: “That interchange is absolutely crucial. One of the big themes is the knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm of the general public.”

Karen Gregory, executive producer for BBC Learning, added: “Ickworth was a beautiful setting for us.”