Worcester museum helps Les Miserables director dream a dream

City helps director dream up Les Miserables

City helps director dream up Les Miserables

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SCENES from the awardwinning film Les Miserables were inspired by a visit  to an historic house in Worcester, it has been revealed.

Film-makers behind the blockbuster got their inspiration for the big screen  version of the much-loved musical by visiting the Commandery museum in Sidbury. 

The film’s director, Tom Hooper, and set director, Eve Stewart, visited the former hospital in the summer of 2011 while they were scouting locations for the filming.

Worcestershire museums staff said they spent time in the Commandery’s painted chamber, even getting into the mindset of the patients by lying on  heir backs to see the pictures as a 15th-century sick person would have.

Unfortunately, the restrictive size of the room prevented filming a scene there. 

Philippa Tinsley, senior curator, said they bought photos of the  useum instead.

“They felt the power of the paintings,” she said. “We are very pleased the Commandery has inspired the set of such a major film. We believe the building to be beautiful but it is lovely when others recognise its beauty too, particularly with a room as powerful as the painted chamber.” 

After Jo Willis, senior museum learning assistant, watched the film last week, those working at the museum believe the chapel which features in  the film was inspired by the painted chamber. 

The room, which dates back roughly to the 1480s, is decorated with paintings, including a person on a rack. 

Ms Tinsley said: “The  painted chamber is a hidden gem, one of very few  domestic-sized rooms of mediaeval frescos that survived the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII.

"Instead of being destroyed, they were painted over and rediscovered in the 20th century, making a fascinating insight into another world 600 years ago. 

“They depict saints who are associated with specific ailments, for example St Roche was believed to have special powers to intercede with God with sufferers of the plague.” 

The Commandery is open Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm and from  10.30pm until 5pm on Sundays. 

Entry is £5.50 for adults, £2.50 for children or free to anyone who pays council tax to Worcester City Council. For more information, visit the website at museumsworcestershire.org.uk.

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6:42pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Countyconcilemployee says...

Load of rubbish. Clearly nothing at the Commandery inspired the sets. Europe is filled with historic properties that are far more similar or were able to accommodate filming. This is just more Councty Council spin to try and hide what a poor job they are doing.
Load of rubbish. Clearly nothing at the Commandery inspired the sets. Europe is filled with historic properties that are far more similar or were able to accommodate filming. This is just more Councty Council spin to try and hide what a poor job they are doing. Countyconcilemployee
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11:04am Thu 28 Feb 13

Guy66 says...

Countyconcilemployee wrote:
Load of rubbish. Clearly nothing at the Commandery inspired the sets. Europe is filled with historic properties that are far more similar or were able to accommodate filming. This is just more Councty Council spin to try and hide what a poor job they are doing.
Humbug!
[quote][p][bold]Countyconcilemployee[/bold] wrote: Load of rubbish. Clearly nothing at the Commandery inspired the sets. Europe is filled with historic properties that are far more similar or were able to accommodate filming. This is just more Councty Council spin to try and hide what a poor job they are doing.[/p][/quote]Humbug! Guy66
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11:05am Thu 28 Feb 13

Guy66 says...

Countyconcilemployee wrote:
Load of rubbish. Clearly nothing at the Commandery inspired the sets. Europe is filled with historic properties that are far more similar or were able to accommodate filming. This is just more Councty Council spin to try and hide what a poor job they are doing.
Failed to get your "out of touch with the rest of the private sector" pay rise this year?
[quote][p][bold]Countyconcilemployee[/bold] wrote: Load of rubbish. Clearly nothing at the Commandery inspired the sets. Europe is filled with historic properties that are far more similar or were able to accommodate filming. This is just more Councty Council spin to try and hide what a poor job they are doing.[/p][/quote]Failed to get your "out of touch with the rest of the private sector" pay rise this year? Guy66
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9:11pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Countyconcilemployee says...

Guy66 wrote:
Countyconcilemployee wrote:
Load of rubbish. Clearly nothing at the Commandery inspired the sets. Europe is filled with historic properties that are far more similar or were able to accommodate filming. This is just more Councty Council spin to try and hide what a poor job they are doing.
Failed to get your "out of touch with the rest of the private sector" pay rise this year?
Idid fail to get it this year, but that was so plenty of council workers at the Hive could still receive their pay enhancements.
[quote][p][bold]Guy66[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Countyconcilemployee[/bold] wrote: Load of rubbish. Clearly nothing at the Commandery inspired the sets. Europe is filled with historic properties that are far more similar or were able to accommodate filming. This is just more Councty Council spin to try and hide what a poor job they are doing.[/p][/quote]Failed to get your "out of touch with the rest of the private sector" pay rise this year?[/p][/quote]Idid fail to get it this year, but that was so plenty of council workers at the Hive could still receive their pay enhancements. Countyconcilemployee
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