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Back to Baston for the second year and trialling a new idea.

Last weekend we returned to Baston In The Blitz, this time with the Malaya display. It was a scorching weekend and thank heavens that we had jungle kit on as the weather was hotter in Lincolnshire on that day than it was in Corfu.

We spent the weekend demonstrating the commonly played (and illegal at the time) game of Crown and Anchor a common gambling scam that soldiers and sailors had been performing since the days of Nelson’s Navy. This was the first performance in a range of common scams and crimes through the ages that we will be expanding into for 2020 onwards.

We now return for Hughenden Manor on 15th September 2018

 
6 August 2018

Chalke Valley History Festival - A Brutally busy event but what an incredible experience.

What can we say about Chalke Valley? We’ve never done an event like it before. We started out immediately from Wimpole (we didn’t even get to go home) and headed to Wiltshire for probably the largest and busiest History festival in the UK. There were 148 speakers and authors present over the course of the week-long festival including Dan Snow, Helen Castor, Al Murray and many, many others.

We started the education week with our D-Day paratrooper display and schools from all over the country came to get an idea of the weight of the equipment, the ages of the soldiers concerned, and the stories of those who made the jump. The week filled up with schools booking in to see our presentation, with one year group so impressed they brought the rest of the school back.

For the Friday we’d hope it could calm down but we were back, this time as part of the Festival’s special invite morning on Airborne Forces History. Here we were part of a series of presentations involving former 3 Para commander Stuart Tootall as well as comedian and airborne historian Al Murray. The high point for us though (sorry guys) was meeting and learning from Fred Glover, a veteran of the very Merville Battery raid that we present in our Unsung Heroes of D-Day presentation. It was an honour and a privilege to work with him and the representatives from the Airborne Assault Museum at Duxford.

The weekend came and then we had to step up gear as we got into the Festival’s Live History Live! Programme. This is a series of presentations that are done between the performers, and the historians. We were part of Uniforms, Styles and Function with medieval historian Helen Castor, Voice of the Six Nations Eddie Butler, and post war historian Guy Davies. Here as part of a large display we put out one fully loaded Paratrooper and one fully equipped medieval man at arms.

The days followed as kit change after kit change as we alternated between periods (approximately every 90 minutes) supporting Guy Walters’ Red Devils at Arnhem presentation and Dan Jones’ Battle of Towton presentation leaving us shattered and exhausted but really rewarded at the end of each day.

Chalke Valley was a baptism of fire, and an incredible ride. We’d like to thank all the presenters, organisers, site staff and volunteers that made that event happen… we will see you in 2019.

 
2 July 2018

 

Wimpole History Festival - Continuing the multi-period trend

This past weekend we have been back at one of our regular haunts at Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire but this time we were not there for their Wartime Weekend but there for the Wimpole Hall History Festival, a multi-period festival of not only living history but also of leading academic and published historians, such as Dan Jones, Alice Roberts, Mary Beard and Peter Snow delivering talks, lectures and book signings.

We were there with our ever popular paratrooper display which has become a regular feature of living history events at Wimpole, and also changed periods to bring the duelling show this year. In front of a thrilled crowd, and in the beautiful setting of the Capability Brown Pleasure Garden we displayed a range of historic duels from the deadly to the bizarre.

Next year we’re hoping to be involved again where we hope to expand the Regency Living History display over three days instead of two. It is only the second year of the Wimpole History but it has launched into a remarkably engaging event in a beautiful setting.

Long may it continue.

 
25 June 2018

Duelling Show Launched and Satisfaction Granted

This weekend past we came to our first Historical Bazaar at Thoresby Hall, a beautiful Grade 1 listed historic house in Nottinghamshire. It was a multi period event and was the first where we have performed for than one period in one event. We went to support the Cold War displays in the Lancers Museum with our Malaya Emergency display but it was also the first outing of ‘A Polite Exchange of Bullets’ our new Regency Pistol Duel show.

Settling our scores in the courtyard by the café we exchanged shots like civilised gentlemen to a very enthusiastic crowd of spectators, many of whom were more than happy to act as our seconds and have our duellists fight for the honour of their ladies… or so they thought.

We performed every lunchtime in the café courtyard and had a successful maiden voyage of our new show. You can see the duel fought again at the upcoming Wimpole History Festival.

 
21 May2018

Satisfaction will be delivered in three weeks' time

We are counting down now to the first performance of our new show 'A Polite Exchange of Bullets - The Realities of the Gentlemans Duel'.

This project has been 2 years in the making and we plan to expand this into a range of Georgian and Regency talks and demonstrations including medicine and courtly romance as well as the central demonstration of the duel.

We will be performing this for the first time, in all it's glory and pomp at the Thoresby Park Historical Bazaar on 19th and 20th May.

 
28 April 2018

Back for our third visit to Hack Green and rebooked for an extra visit!

With a change of date to accomodate the RAF Centenary we came to Hack Green two weeks after Easter for their regular Soviet Threat event.

We came with a slightly bigger display and focussed more on the propaganda associated with the psywar in Malaya, as well as lauching our new timed talk on the Malaya Emergwency.

To cap off the weekend, the bunker has found it so successful they're looking to repeat it later in the year, so we'll be back in September, and a visitor who saw us at Cosford brought us cake - happy times!.

You can check out Hack Green here.

 
16 April 2018

One of our busiest weekends ever at RAF Cosford for the RAF100 Centenary Celebrations

Our first event of the season got off with a bang as over 14,000 visitors descended on RAF Cosford for the RAF100 Centenary celebrations.

We attended displaying our Malaya Emergency impression underneath one of the helicopters that first saw use in the Emergency and the subsequent Borneo Confrontation.

Of the many high points over the weekend we were surprised and honoured to have a veteran of the Malaya Emergency and a veteran of the Borneo Confrontation visit our stand and share their stories of jungle warfare and National Service.

The Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford is FREE ENTRY with a small charge for parking and has 4 hangars full of 100 years of history of flight and combat.

They have an excellent Cold War era display hangar which really goes into details of the flashpoints of the Cold War in ways many other museums overlook.

We're looking for any excuse to go back.

 
2 April 2018

Regency becomes a reality, and our first 2019 booking already!

Our first visit of the year to The Original Reenactors Market was worth the trip through all the snow and apocalyptic landscaping.

Finally what started as a spark of an idea over some considerable Calvados at Scarborough reaches reality as we collected the kit for the Regency Gentlemens Duelling Show 'A Polite Exchange of Bullets'.

Want to see us perform this? You can see us at Thoresby Hall 19-20 May or Wimpole Hall 23-24 June, we have also taken a booking this weekend for July 2019 to perform this show. Dates to be confirmed. Watch this space.

 
18 March 2018

2018 sees our first visit to Chalke Valley in the Medieval Period

We are thrilled and proud to have been booked to perform for the full week at the prestigious Chalke Valley history Festival.

Throughout the last week of June wel will be entertaining and informing about the military men of the Wars of the Roses, delivering talks on the weaponry and experiences of the man-at-arms and the longbowman and teaching about the transition across from the longbow to the gun.

 
5 December 2017

2017 is over but 2018 is looking better than ever

The 2017 season has come to a close with our last weekend of the year at Wimpole Hall with Eventplan and the National Trust.

What a year it has been! It has seen our Malayan Emergency portrayal at Hack Green make the local press. We have done our first events for English Heritage at Scarborough and Carlisle Castle and our first independent event with the National Trust at Hughenden Manor.

We have pretty much covered the whole country this year taking in Cumbria, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire... come on Kent and Devon... what are you waiting for?

Next year already sees 7 confirmed events in the calendar with returns to Wimpole Hall and Hughenden Manor for the 40s weekends, a return to Baston to display Malaya as well as several new venues and events including going back to Wimpole for the History Festival as well as Thoresby Hall and RAF Cosford.

We look forward to 2018 as much as we happily look back on 2017.

 
26 September 2017