Living History

 

What did people eat for dinner in medieval times?
Are early shoes comfortable?
Why were cattle such a status symbol in ancient Ireland?
How did Vikings brush their teeth?
How do you pull a longbow?

These are just some of the questions asked at the living history events which we organise all over the country. Our answer is to bring the past to life with demonstrations of ancient skills and arts such as blacksmithing, cookery, carpentry, swordplay, archery, falconry, spinning, weaving, calligraphy and much more.

History wasn't all wars and plagues (though we can do those too!), so sample some of the everyday experiences of people in ancient times. Whether it's a talk and demonstration for school children, or a period of "living-in" on an ancient site or heritage park, our skilled personnel will create realistic characters, give accurate historical information and provide fascinating entertainment.

Plan your event using any combination of the following modules:

1 - 4 man Archery Display: authentic longbows, crossbows, real arrowheads
incl. armour piercing, fire and smoke arrows, accuracy, distance and speed
shooting, etc. Archery tournament and feats of skill.

Falconry Display: My Lord’s falconer has 1- 10 falcons and hawks on display,

including flying birds.

                                                                                                                      

Knights on Horseback:Jousting display and riding skills

Early Music: from Bronze and Iron Age horns through Medieval pipes to

 eighteenth century harp and uilleann pipes.

                                                                                                         

Historical characters: from left, Silken Thomas, 1534 AD; Lord Mountjoy, 1601;

Lady Margaret FitzEustace, 1483 AD.

                                                                        

Pavilion Tent: Large Medieval knight's pavilion available for events.

Woodworking: A Viking carpenter shows how chests, stools and household items were made 1,200 years ago. Alternatively, a Medieval polelathe wood turner makes spindles, spoons and chair legs with the greenbough foot-powered lathe. Or see how Iron Age carpenters split whole oak trees using wooden wedges and mallets.   

                                                                                                            

Spinning and Weaving: using an early drop spindle or the Medieval “Grete Wheel” to spin wool or flax and weaving intricate belts, borders and trims by the tablet weaving method.  

                                                                                                                   

The Armoury: large display of weapons and armour from chain mail to plate. Demonstrates how plate armour was shaped and formed.

Barber-Surgeon: whether you need bleeding, physicking or a tooth pulled, this learned gentleman will mix you a herbal concoction and give advice on love potions and the Gout.

                                                                                                          

Scriptor Monk: a learned Brother who will teach the young to write with a

quill and a wax tablet and show how vellum (calf skin) and oak gall ink were made.                                                                                                                              

Moneyer: a Viking moneyer strikes coins with a die and shows how money was minted.

Peddler / Beggar/ Leper: every town should have one!!

Assorted Viking / Medieval / Irish warriors, knights and soldiery: according to time period, fight displays and battles as required. From swords, spears and axes to black powder weapons.

16th, 17th and 18th century characters: ruffs and farthingales.

Perriwigs and tricorn hats, from Queen Elizabeth 1st to mad King George the 3rd. Beautiful costumes and authentic period displays, including carriage and horses.

Fencing display and Duelling: in either 17th c, or 18th c. style, using rapiers, main gauche,

epee and foil.                        

Domestic Animals: a variety of historically appropriate animals, from hens and geese to milking goats, pigs, Irish wolfhounds and Dexter cattle.                      

                                                                                             

Medieval Cookery: using authentic 14th and 15th century recipes and utensils, all cooked over the fire. Have a taste of spit-roast suckling pig or sample delicacies from a full feast

Menu, with our own mead and hippocras wine.

                                                                                                     

 
  • CLOTHING
  • ARTEFACTS
  • WEAPONS & ARMOUR
  • ANIMALS
  • SKILLS

All of our clothing, artefacts, weapons, equipment and animals are detailed and appropriate to the time period, with careful research undertaken for everything we use.

 

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