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IMTAL Training Weekend: "It’s about Time!"

Friday, 13 March – Sunday, 15 March 2020, at the Tower of London, and other London sites.

Theme ‘It’s about Time!’

At historical sites and in the presence of historical objects, the only dimension which separates us from the the stories and the people connected with them is the 4th dimension, time. Live interpretation is arguably the best way of bridging that dimensional distance. We talk about ‘Bringing the Past To Life’ or ‘Going back in Time’. Visitors often cite ‘time travel’ as a motive for visiting. But how do we conceptualise this and how effectively do we deliver it? This weekend offers a chance for experiencing, discussing and participating in Live Interpretation which seeks to do just this.


Friday 13 March

12:00 h - Meet at Shakespeares Globe (21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT)

Explore the heritage of London. A tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, then a trip by boat to Greenwich, the Home of Time. To stand on the Greenwich Meridien, see the Time and Longitude Gallery and the Cutty Sark.

Optional: Evening meal in the West End and a chance to see the longest running theatrical production in the world, The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie.

Saturday 14 March

10:00 - 16:00 h - HM Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB

Start with a tour of the Tower of London, led by one of the iconic ‘Beefeaters’. Then step back into 1278 and experience ‘Life of a Medieval King, our new Live interpretation for 2020.

Then come to a series of special talks ‘It’s about Time!’ in the Tower lecture Theatre

  • Chris Gidlow, Daily Programme Manager, Tower of London: ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Tower of London.’
  • Luke Holmes, Interpretation Manager, on the Medieval Palace.
  • Ben Revell, Past Pleaures Ltd: Responding to an Interpretation Creative Brief.
  • Thomas Olsen, storyteller, writer and creative consultant: "Managing Expectations": in the world of corporations, cultural institutions and organizations you're always encouraged to exceed expectations to impress your customers and visitors. For children with special needs this can be too overwhelming, it can lead to sensory overload. In this talk I will share techniques and advice on how to interpret for children with special needs. 
    (please note: the previous title was ‘Timeless Storytelling’.)
  • Lara Muth, author and director: ‘The challenges of presenting Shakespeare where some of the events in his plays actually happened, the Tower of London.

Performers taking part in ‘The Tower through Time’ familiarise themselves with the site. Light Dinner in the Sky Garden at the top of the City of London’s tallest building.

Sunday 15 March 

10:00 - 16:00 h - HM Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB

‘The Tower through Time’. Performer members of IMTAL, either with their own costumes or costumes borrowed from Historic Royal Palaces own collection, covering 1066 -1906, put on presentations across the Tower for international and multi-generational visitors. Vistors can encounter them separately or as part of a steam Punk/Sci-Fi framed tour taking them travelling through time, exploring 1000 years of History, or even back to the Roman and prehistoric stories which preceeded the current building.

Special tours of Roman Baths at Billingsgate, the Roman Amphitheatre and Roman Temple of Mithras, now hidden under modern buildings.

For those not taking part in the live interpretation, nearby locations include Tower Bridge with its glass-floored high level walk way and Victorian engine rooms, and HMS Belfast, the only surviving big warship from D Day, now a floating Museum. (not included).

16:00 - 17:00 h - AGM 2020 (HM Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB)

Optional: Dinner at the Medieval Banquet, next to the Tower £50/head

Monday 16 March

Optional: Post-event programme offer: a tour of the the Harry Potter studios (Price £50/head).


How to get there

The address is: Tower of London, Tower Hill, LONDON EC3N 4AB. It is accessed from Tower Hill Underground station, or a short walk from London Bridge or London Cannon Street Sation. There are easy connections with all the London airports. It is not recommended to come by car!



  • € 160,- for IMTAL members,
  • € 180,- for non-members.

Please note that IMTAL cannot reimburse travel or accommodation expenses.

How to register

If you would like to participate in the training day, and meet the lovely museum theatre colleagues from the Tower of London (one of the few British sites with year-round, professional costumed live interpretation), fill out the attached online registration form before 14th February 2020.

Full Participants Register here!

Registration is now open for the 2020 IMTAL European Regional Conference in the Tower of London, UK, March 13-15 2020. The last day to register for the conference will be Feb 14, 2016. Conference attendants who are no IMTAL members yet will acquire automatic trial individual membership for 1 year (2020).

Registration for Conference Partner Programme!

For those people (like partners) who accompany conference goers, who want to join the excursions/socialising but who do not wish to participate in the IMTAL regional conference and AGM itself, there is the option to book only the social activities and excursions.

Payment is due no later than February 14, 2020
Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirmations and invoices will be sent to the email address you provide using the form above. By clicking register, you are confirming that all of the above information is correct.

It is your responsibility to get yourself to the Tower of London for registration

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