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Returning to Chalke Valley and breaking into Pop Up History

AWe returned to Chalke Valley again this year ready to maximise all opportunities that we could take. It is our second year here and this time round we went to raise our profile by launching into the Pop Up History Stage.

Over the course of the festival we performed Unsung D-Day, Greatest Escapes and the Regency Duel to audiences right outside the Green Room, even getting celebrity historians Guy Walters, James Daybell and Sam Willis to act as seconds.

Throughout the schools week we were giving 3 presentations per day on the Wars of the Roses, Arms and Armour of the 15th Century Battlefield and we repeated this with our Towton presentation in Live History LIVE!

Next year? Well we have plans... plans to bring a stage show, plans for a totally new Georgian medicine and crime presentation, podcasts and much much more.

If you've never been to Chalke Valley before then you should. www.cvhf.org.uk - quite frankly an epic history festival on the scale of no other. .

Photo: Red Zebra
3 July 2019

Wimpole

We came back to Wimpole again, what a beautiful setting, and the Wimpole History Festival (now in its third year) is really blossoming into an exciting mix of grand architecture, leading authors and talks as well as really styrong historical interpretation that we are proud to be part of.

We opened the morning with the duelling shows, performing twice, and then a kit change (in that baking heat) over to World War 2 to deliver the Paratrooper presentation and Unsung D-Day.

On the last day we were happy (if somewhat nervous) to step up and present to the crowd waiting for Neil Oliver, whose flight had been delayed. with a moments notice we delivered a short intro to the Merville Battery raid to an ecstatic crowd. Maybe we can get on stage next year?

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Photo: Zoe Atkinson
22 April 2019

Gosport

After seven months of development, the Cuban Missile Crisis Show finally trialled at the Soviet Threat event at Hack Green. We ran the exercise 22 times over the weekend with the world ending in nuclear war only three times.

Positive feedback has been received from everyone who played it as well as the museum staff themselves (the museum director played and ended the world in 5 turns).

We'll be deploying missiles to Cuba again in August at the RAF Cosford Vintage Weekend.

Photo: Zoe Atkinson
22 April 2019

Cuba Show launches to fantastic success

After seven months of development, the Cuban Missile Crisis Show finally trialled at the Soviet Threat event at Hack Green. We ran the exercise 22 times over the weekend with the world ending in nuclear war only three times.

Positive feedback has been received from everyone who played it as well as the museum staff themselves (the museum director played and ended the world in 5 turns).

We'll be deploying missiles to Cuba again in August at the RAF Cosford Vintage Weekend.

Photo: Zoe Atkinson
22 April 2019

Last minute addition to the calendar

In addition to our impressive seven bookings for 2020 we have also been booked in to deliver the new Cuban Missile Crisis show at the National Cold War Exhibition at RAF Cosford.

Following our success last year at the RAF Centenary we are delighted to have been invited back to the main museum of the RAF to deliver an interactive presentation on the closest the world has ever come to a nuclear war. Visitors will be able to make the decisions, plot the responses and stop, or cause, the end of the world. This is a new and unique presentation and we're very excited to be bringing it out.

 
22 March 2019

Busy Weekend leads to Busy Year

Our annual spring pilgrimage to the Original Reenactors Market has landed us a bumper year for 2020 with Seven bookings n the calendar before we're even out of March 2019.

Dates have gone in the diary for the Wimbourne History Festival, Chalke Valley again, Wimpole, Cosford as well as regulars at Hughenden and Rufford.

We'll be showcasing a near full range of our periods and displays having been approached for the new Cuba show in three locations, and duelling in two as well as our regular WW2 work for the National Trust and Rufford Abbey.

 
18 March 2019

Wimpole: We're Back to Settle Scores Again

We are happy to announce that we have been confirmed for attending Wimpole History Festival for 2019 and this time for three days.

More details will follow as they are confirmed but we expect we will be repeating 'A Polite Exchange of Bullets' and hopefully launching our new medical, surgical and health presentations.

Whatever we are required to do, we are thrilled to be back at Wimpole for another year.

 
16 October 2018

Confirmation of D-Day Festival for 2019

We have been confirmed to attend the Gosport D-Day Festival on the first weekend of June 2019. This will be a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day and is located at the original embarkation point for the seaborne invasion of Normandy.

We will be forming part of a much bigger event across the city marking this important anniversary. We will be performing our 'D-Day Paratrooper' and 'Unsung Heroes of D-Day' presentations.

 
2 October 2018

Rufford Abbey 1940s Weekend Brings the Season to a Close

Three conseuctive weekends of events rounds off our 2018 season. Our busiest yet with a whole range of new events performed this year.

It was great to see the Rufford 1940s weekend carrying on after the site has changed hands, the event company having changed over and a gap of a couple of years where the event did not happen. We look forward to further shows at this beautiful venue in future years.

Our weekend high point was a visit from Alan Chapman and Ron Haydon, two veterans of the Malayan Emergency who make a point of coming to see us here.

 
2 October 2018

New Cold War display in development

For several years now we’ve taken our ‘Malaya: The First Shots of the Cold War’ to Hack Green Nuclear Bunker. With the advent of 2 shows a year at Hack Green, and with a view to developing something more in line with the idea of the Cold War as a Nuclear standoff we have started to develop our new display for Hack Green, and other Cold War museums.

Into development as of this weekend we bring you ‘When the Cold War Went Hot: The Cuban Missile Crisis’. This starts as an interactive exercise for visitors which asks the question ‘How Would You Handle the Cuban Missile Crisis’. Through decisions and choices the visitor can escalate or back down, and see whether their decisions, in the historical setting, would have avoided or started a nuclear war.

 
27 September 2018

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