Listen to Amy Goodheart, a teacher being interviewed on TV about the
London Dungeon, a rather special London museum.
Then answer this question. What is she doing?
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interviewed by Ronald Duster, while you check the transcription of
her interview below.
Amy Goodheart is fascinated by villains. Her interest has taken her
to a cold dark cellar full of some of the most horrible faces in history. She
has been to the London Dungeon. Tell us what you found there, Amy.
Well, the Dungeon is an exhibition of British medieval history, but
actually it concentrates on torture, punishment, disease and death.
So you saw some pretty major villains there?
Not specific villains, no, but people who were punished for crimes, whether
they were real or imaginary, people who were tortured because they didn't
believe in the right things. So in lots of ways it's not the villains who are
there but the victims.
Could you describe some of the punishments these victims suffered
Well, for instance, in those days, if they wanted you to confess to some
crime, and you wouldn't, well, they would pile a lot of heavy stones on top of
you until you died. So in that case we'd say the villain was the man who was
trying to get you to confess, but not the person who was actually suffering the
torture. I mean, they could do all sorts of terrible things to you, even though
you probably weren't guilty at all. And in the London Dungeon you feel as if
you're actually watching those terrible things happening.
How long has it been going?
And who came up with the idea for such a place?
Well, it was first thought of by a nice lady who was a London housewife.
She had three children, and her name was Annabel Geddes. And she started it
because she'd taken her children to the Tower of London, and there were all
sorts of notices and descriptions of bloody deeds, but there was no blood at all,
and the children were very disappointed. And she thought that, you know, perhaps
something actually showing the blood did have a place and would have a certain
appeal. So she started this.
How did she go about it?
It was difficult at first because she had no experience; she'd never been
in any kind of business at all. Er, so she went and talked to a few of her
friends, and her bank. And then she was introduced to a few film set designers:
and so it built up gradually.
How popular is the museum? How many people visit it every year?
Over four hundred thousand.
And why do you think people want to see something like that?
It's difficult to say, but everybody is sort of fascinated by things that
frighten them. And I, I think that because everything that's shown happened a
long time ago, people can go and look at it, and when they get to the end, they
can shrug their shoulders and say, 'But isn't it good that we don't treat
anybody like that any more?' I don't know why children are so fascinated, but an
awful lot of children go there, and you'd think they would be frightened, but
they actually love it.
Now it's in, I think, quite an old part of the city really. Erm,
are there any real life ghosts there at all?
I'm not absolutely sure, and quite honestly I'm not brave enough to stay
there at night to find out !!
The London Dungeon
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The exhibits in the London Dungeon concentrate on torture,
and . The
shows, for example, criminals being tortured with heavy
. But these people were
actually not villains
not have to be of a crime to
The London Dungeon was started in
by a London
. She had the idea
after she had taken her children to the Tower of
London. The children were
disappointed in the Tower because they could not see
Now the London Dungeon is visited by more than people every
year. All these
people must enjoy being .
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