Last Thursday was a milestone day for us at Parish Lantern Films; a passion-project completed and come to fruition.
Episode one of 'Inside the Steam Train Museum’ was broadcast for the first time and we were delighted to discover the next day that viewing figures were “well above average” for the programme slot. Obviously, it’s great to have as many people view our work as possible, but beyond that, it was fantastic to showcase the characters who are as integral to our heritage as the history they endeavour to preserve.
Bressingham Steam and Gardens is a ‘living museum’. This means many exhibits run and operate as they did in the working day, rather than being stationary, behind perspex and gathering dust. Correspondingly, when we began filming and editing the project we were really hoping to capture the ‘life’ that these characters brought in turn to the living museum.
Episode one is titled ‘Restoration’ and showcases the passion and hard work that went into restoring a golden cockerel for a Victorian Gallopers set, a Steam Engine nearing its 150th birthday, and also the journey from novice to driver for Phil Thompson - who by all accounts appears to have tugged a few heart strings!
Each episode will portray new and recurring characters as they help to keep the museum running, and although the subject matter changes through the seasons in which we filmed, we worked hard to make sure the themes and ideas were consistent in each.
A link to the first episode can be found below and we really hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed creating it.