MEET THE TEAM – ALASDAIR
‘Meet the Team’ is your chance to get to know a friendly face before you come and play our games. To kick start the series, we thought we’d start at the top with the main brain behind the operation, Alasdair Willett.
Read here about where the idea behind the historic escape games came from, why the Guildhall and how the whole team came together.
ALASDAIR WILLETT – Managing Director
History Mystery is somewhat of a career change for me, having previously been a project management consultant in the private sector and NHS. After 25 years I really wanted one of those mythical jobs that didn’t feel like going to work! Being an avid fan of The Adventure Game as a youngster, and having recently discovered escape games, I thought it would be great to set up my own, but it had to be different, really different. Having discovered what addictive fun escape games were, I was left pondering how I could create a unique escape game of the highest quality and maximum fun.
It came to me in the middle of the night – tell the real stories of real places and bring the game to life – History Mystery was born! Perhaps it was inevitably as I’ve always loved history and you can’t grow up around the medieval city of Norwich without bumping into it everywhere. Not only did I know what I wanted to do, but I knew just the right people with the perfect skills to make this happen – my family. Of course it really helps when your brother happens to be a heritage interpretation expert! We find rooms in heritage sites, research their real-life history and devise the game-play around it. Every game tells a unique story and is designed by us, built by us and loved by us – that’s what makes History Mystery really different.
In a final twist it turned out that our opening location was more than just a great place to start. We were lucky enough to open our first game rooms in Norwich’s medieval Guildhall. My late father Stewart was a Crown Prosecutor and practiced in the Guildhall courts before they closed in 1985. I remember going into work with him as a kid, to watch him hold sway in those very courts. In his will he left me a framed picture of the Guildhall, a magnificent building that he loved working in, and 30 years later, I do too.
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