Making History Come Alive!
Our Medieval Encampment has been designed to be as interactive as possible. Laid out in the shape of a horseshoe, the public are able to get up close and personal to the items on display.
Our Medieval Encampment
Nothing says it better than pictures!
To the left is an image of one of our impressive tents. This 26ft creation is known as a Burgundian and like all tents in our encampment it is a well researched recreation of a medieval tent shown in many contempoary manuscripts.
Other tents we have include: 2 Pavillions, one bell and an awning under which we set our dining table.
To the right is one example of a banner on display on our encampment.
It shows the arms of Richard Duke of Gloucester before he became Richard III defined by the ermine lable. All of our banners have been painstakingly handstitched by our members who often make them whilst we are at events.
Other banners on display include that of Duchess Cecily Neville, portraying the royal arms halved with the Neville Cross and the banner of Sir Thomas St Leger.
We also have two campaign banners set onto spears with our group name skillfully appliqued.
At each event we attend we have aimed to portray Medieval Life to the best of our ability. To this end there is always a fire going or a stew brewing throughout the day. Activities such as chopping wood, preparing food, tidying the tents or helping the ladies dress their hair are some of the activities our 'peasants' engage in. Our medieval dining table is also set out to display food and crockery of the period.
We consider ourselves to be a very creative and innovative Society but at the same time we do maintain the importance of authenticity when at events. Our members are from a mixture of backgrounds and professions (mainly medicine). Re-enactment for us is a way to explore our fascination with the period and to utilise our creative skills such as dressmaking, sewing, painting, making furniture and playing music.
To the Left is an image of one of our members playing the medieval flute. Other activities our nobles get up to is playing chess on our authentically reconstructed chess board, sewing and generally sitting around looking rather splendid!
Getting People Involved
Aside from all the activity going on in the encampment and the ability of the public to ask questions, get up close and take pictures, we also offer children the chance to try on a medieval garment and pose for a photo (parents take the photo) inside our burgundian which makes a fantastic backdrop. Most are delighted at the opportunity to do this so we encourage interaction where ever possible, thereby helping history to come alive that little bit more.
HAVE A GO ARCHERY
With Golden Arrow Archery
Whilst we have spent much of our time on perfecting our Living History Encampment we are trained archers and a couple of our members provide Have A Go archery to schools and summer fairs - this is a highly popular activity enjoyed by all who partake.
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