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Re-enactors show life wasn’t always better in the old days

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Life wasn’t always better in the old days! Re-enactors dress up as swindlers, slum-dwellers and even RATCATCHERS in portrayal of grim Victorian life

Actors have transformed the SS Great Britain museum into a winter scene showing what life was like for poor people in Victorian England 

Actors have transformed the SS Great Britain museum into a winter scene showing what life was like for poor people in Victorian England 

The ship - designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel - was once the longest passenger ship in the world and is now a museum in Bristol's Great Western Dockyard 

The ship – designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel – was once the longest passenger ship in the world and is now a museum in Bristol’s Great Western Dockyard 

Reenactors have taken over the ship to offer insight into what life was like among the lower classes living through the 1800s

Reenactors have taken over the ship to offer insight into what life was like among the lower classes living through the 1800s

The Dickensian scenes in Bristol expose the harsh realities of living in Victorian Britain while struggling the cope with the poverty of the era 

The Dickensian scenes in Bristol expose the harsh realities of living in Victorian Britain while struggling the cope with the poverty of the era 

Once the world's largest passenger ship, the museum has now been transformed into a Dickensian scene true to the era in which it was built 

Once the world’s largest passenger ship, the museum has now been transformed into a Dickensian scene true to the era in which it was built 

Among the characters portrayed at the museum are a police officer, who is pictured wearing the uniform made famous by the period 

Among the characters portrayed at the museum are a police officer, who is pictured wearing the uniform made famous by the period 

The every day struggles of lower class men and women are revealed in the living exhibition at the SS Great Britain, which is now permanently docked in Bristol 

The every day struggles of lower class men and women are revealed in the living exhibition at the SS Great Britain, which is now permanently docked in Bristol 

Women are shown in dirty clothing as the actors aim to show what life among Victorian England's lower classes was like on Isambard Kingdom Brunel's ship

Women are shown in dirty clothing as the actors aim to show what life among Victorian England’s lower classes was like on Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s ship

The exhibition offers a through-the-keyhole look at the conditions in which families struggled to live back in the Britain of the 1800s

The exhibition offers a through-the-keyhole look at the conditions in which families struggled to live back in the Britain of the 1800s

Award-winning reenactment group The Ragged Victorians have flooded the SS Great Britain full of cast members playing impoverished and crooked characters 

Award-winning reenactment group The Ragged Victorians have flooded the SS Great Britain full of cast members playing impoverished and crooked characters 

The scene shows characters engaging in every day activities of the era in an attempt to offer a true representation of life in the Victorian period 

The scene shows characters engaging in every day activities of the era in an attempt to offer a true representation of life in the Victorian period 

Impoverished characters are portrayed by the actors, who show them trudging through snow at the Great Western Dockyard in Bristol 

Impoverished characters are portrayed by the actors, who show them trudging through snow at the Great Western Dockyard in Bristol 

The Ragged Victorians show what dockyard life would have been like across generations in the exhibition, which explores the realities of the 1800s

The Ragged Victorians show what dockyard life would have been like across generations in the exhibition, which explores the realities of the 1800s

A police officer is pictured in the ship's kitchen as reenactors reveal what life was like in the Victorian period for England's dock workers 

A police officer is pictured in the ship’s kitchen as reenactors reveal what life was like in the Victorian period for England’s dock workers 

Women are shown struggling in freezing conditions as they wrap themselves in rags in the dockyard as the conditions of Victorian England are revealed 

Women are shown struggling in freezing conditions as they wrap themselves in rags in the dockyard as the conditions of Victorian England are revealed 

Actors play a game of cards as they show how the lower classes of the era kept themselves amused with hobbies in the 1800s

Actors play a game of cards as they show how the lower classes of the era kept themselves amused with hobbies in the 1800s

The lives of families in the 1800s are the focus of a living exhibition in which actors play people from the country's lower classes

The lives of families in the 1800s are the focus of a living exhibition in which actors play people from the country’s lower classes

Crumpled hats and ragged clothes show how people on the poverty line made do with old items as they survived the conditions of Victorian England

Crumpled hats and ragged clothes show how people on the poverty line made do with old items as they survived the conditions of Victorian England

The actors have created an interactive exhibition on Brunel's famous ship, which is docked in Bristol and now acts as a museum

The actors have created an interactive exhibition on Brunel’s famous ship, which is docked in Bristol and now acts as a museum

Children are among the performers at the SS Great Britain, which has been transformed to show how people live in the age of Queen Victoria 

Children are among the performers at the SS Great Britain, which has been transformed to show how people live in the age of Queen Victoria 

Living history group The Ragged Victorians have shown what life was like aboard a passenger ship during the SS Great Britain's heyday 

Living history group The Ragged Victorians have shown what life was like aboard a passenger ship during the SS Great Britain’s heyday 

The interior of the ship shows how people aboard lived, including the crockery used to cook and the food they ate in the 1800s

The interior of the ship shows how people aboard lived, including the crockery used to cook and the food they ate in the 1800s

Once the longest passenger ship in the world, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's creation is now offering an insight into the lives of poor Victorians 

Once the longest passenger ship in the world, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s creation is now offering an insight into the lives of poor Victorians 

The struggles of England's poor during the Victorian era have been exposed in a living history exhibition that shows how the lower classes lived 

The struggles of England’s poor during the Victorian era have been exposed in a living history exhibition that shows how the lower classes lived 

The period's working and lower classes are portrayed by performers from The Ragged Victorians reenactment company at the Bristol dock

The period’s working and lower classes are portrayed by performers from The Ragged Victorians reenactment company at the Bristol dock

The harsh reality of Victorian times are shown aboard the SS Great Britain and surrounding dockyard in winter scenes created by a re-enactment company 

The harsh reality of Victorian times are shown aboard the SS Great Britain and surrounding dockyard in winter scenes created by a re-enactment company 

The conditions endured by Britain's poorest are the focus of a living exhibition at the Bristol dockyard, where the SS Great Britain is docked 

The conditions endured by Britain’s poorest are the focus of a living exhibition at the Bristol dockyard, where the SS Great Britain is docked 

Dickensian winter scenes show ship life aboard the SS Great Britain, which was once the longest passenger ship in the world

Dickensian winter scenes show ship life aboard the SS Great Britain, which was once the longest passenger ship in the world

Swindlers, dockers and rat-catchers are among the characters brought to life by The Ragged Victorians in the Bristol dockyard

Swindlers, dockers and rat-catchers are among the characters brought to life by The Ragged Victorians in the Bristol dockyard

The hardships faced by the elderly and infirm are shown in the living exhibition, which has transformed the former passenger ship in Bristol

The hardships faced by the elderly and infirm are shown in the living exhibition, which has transformed the former passenger ship in Bristol

An actor portrays a police officer from the Victorian era in scenes that served to create a living museum aboard Brunel's ship

An actor portrays a police officer from the Victorian era in scenes that served to create a living museum aboard Brunel’s ship

The poor hygiene suffered by Britain's lower classes and the unhealthy habits common at the time help show the strife suffered by the country's poorest 

The poor hygiene suffered by Britain’s lower classes and the unhealthy habits common at the time help show the strife suffered by the country’s poorest 

Actors are shown standing near the ship in the Great Western Dock, where The Ragged Victorians have created Dickensian winter scenes 

Actors are shown standing near the ship in the Great Western Dock, where The Ragged Victorians have created Dickensian winter scenes 

Cold conditions combined with the ragged clothing familiar to Victorian England shows what life was like among the lower classes in the 1800s

Cold conditions combined with the ragged clothing familiar to Victorian England shows what life was like among the lower classes in the 1800s

The performers don costumes that mirror the era's style as they recreate the harsh reality faced by poor people in Victorian England 

The performers don costumes that mirror the era’s style as they recreate the harsh reality faced by poor people in Victorian England 

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