We are UK-based historical interpreters presenting Grymm’s World of Wonders, Tooms Medical Marvels and the Grymm-Tooms Picture Company, covering the Victorian era from 1860 – 1900 and the Edwardian period 1901 to 1918. We are based in London and operate in and around the M25 area although we are willing to travel further if required.
The late 19th century was a time of incredible discovery, invention and change and it is our intention to illustrate a broad spectrum of experiences throughout that period. Many of our exhibits are unique and hand made by us. We are not a 'medicine show' or 'flim-flam' artists, nor a shop for that matter (although we do owe a debt to the great showman Phineas T Barnum) – we are a museum, and much of what we show is about man’s place in nature, his effect on it, and interpretation of it throughout the Victorian era. We also include a collection of early optical devices which brought the world to the parlour for the first time.
The purpose of the entry is not only to introduce our services, but also to serve as a resource for studying this period. After each event, Professor Grymm writes an article which not only gives a flavour of the event for those that weren't there, but also includes links to allow the reader to follow up the historical research for themselves. Many of the exhibits seem fantastical to the casual viewer, but each of them has been carefully documented and we encourage our visitors to explore this world of wonders for themselves.
We are available for Victorian or Edwardian (up to the end of the Great War) living history events.