Reenacting (Living History) types

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  1. Andy

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    Are any fellow Funsters involved in this type of Lifestyle/recreation ?

    Myself, am involved in 1940's homefront civilian services, namely Home Guard, Fire Service and Civil Defence, along with portraying Civilian office worker at times..........(used to put on battledress etc but gave too many grey hairs now to be believable :BigGrin:)

    Although having said the above re battledress, will be wearing WW1 type a fair bit this year, 100 years on.

    Andy
     
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    We were at a country western weekend recently and there were many westeners dressed up, some of the costumes were fab and some people got so much into it they changed their outfits twice at least per day.
     
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    Yes. I have a part-time job at a working rural museum which involves dressing up and demonstrating the machinery and processes from the olden days.

    Later this year I hope to be doing some further re-enactment work based around a much earlier period of history, but I can't say more at this stage.

    It's good fun - I thoroughly enjoy it.
     
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    :Smile: I've some friends who are involved with in the country and western scene,.........inc one with a horse; Must admit to being impressed with the amount of time (and money) they spend on getting things as 'correct' as possible, and they're a nice bunch, to boot.

    Not tempted yourself ?? :Smile:
     
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    :BigGrin: Living the dream, then..........I guess quite a few of us who are involved within 'living history/ preservation of times past' would love to both do the job and get paid to do so..........I know that after a long weekend, (in one case/event its 5 days in period) I do find it strange to get back into 'comfy' clothes:Wink:
     
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    It looks great fun, not sure I would want to do it though but my Daughter is very interested.
    We went to aWW2 event at Dover Castle today, some of them take it very seriously!
    WE were speaking to a couple of Home Guard chaps and two 9/10 year old lads, dressed in appropriate clothing and haircuts. One of them was telling us he was playing in the castle grounds last night sneaking up on the Germans, he got spotted and was shot by a sniper....

    This was when the event was closed to the public!

    These two were in the mood....

    [​IMG]

    Allan
     
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    They don't like it up 'em Mr Mainwaring. :Eek!:
     
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    :BigGrin: Yup, know the ladies in question very well; I'm part of the same group, and would have been there myself, 'cept yesterday was sorting paperwork etc out for Fiat and working tomorrow...........:Doh:

    Glad you had a good day, and I'm sure that if your daughter approached any of us at an event we'd be more than happy to chat with her.

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    Hmm, did you see they are going to make a new feature length film of Dads Army.......dunno if I'd want to watch it, though;
    To me the original cast are so well known, I can't see it working in the same vein.
     
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    Planning to go to the North York railway WW2 thing in October. I shall be going as Home Guard (don't tell him your name Pike) as a bit too ancient to be convincing as anything mainstream military. SWMBO wants to go as Queen Alexandra nurse as she likes the headdress.
     
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    They wouldn't be able to get the same feel as the original cast. Who else could play Captain Mainwairing, Corporal Jones, or any of them?

    You can't beat the original film either.

    Allan
     
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    Jill and our sons did English Civil War re-enactment for over 30 years (elder son still does). I joined after we got our first van but we packed in two and a half years ago.
     
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    The job came up by fortunate chance when I was considering a change and I went for it. It doesn't pay very much and we're only open for half a day at a time but the money wasn't uppermost in my thinking anyway. It's a lovely location to work - very tranquil.

    When I'm not doing that I buy and sell vintage camera equipment and other early 20th century items so I live in a sort of permanent past. One chap I have regular contact with is like a time traveller - he re-enacts all sorts of historical periods from Saxons to Home Guard and works with the Museum service. He's accumulated some amazing gear along the way. Another of my work colleagues specialises in Victorian stuff and can ride a penny farthing.

    Do you go to that big re-enactor's fair near Coventry at all? I had my first look at it last year and bought a few bits for my new project.
     
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    The organiser is a friend of Jill's. Flamin' place cost me a fortune over the years :Laughing:
     
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    Jock and I used to dress up like that for 30 years, then we got fed up with it and stopped.
     
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    We started in the country music clubs and went on to dress western style and graduated to american civil war and finally to the fur trade as indians and mountain men. We made our own clothes and gear, all authentic to 1740 to 1850.
    Here are some pics of our living history hobbies showing Fort George in Hampshire and our tipi made by Sue. The pix show the fort gates, the courtyard and the tavern.
     

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    used to be part of a celtic/iron age re-enactment group, great fun, we built a very small settlement in a country park with the councils blesssing, a large roundhouse which was great for weekend parties, took us a few years as we built to strictly authentic methods and materials, a forge, smaller roundhouse as a pottery with a kick wheel..
    it was lovely to have classes of schoolchildren come from neighbouring counties to have a living history lesson, showing them how to spin, to dye cloth, weave, make coins, tools, and cook with a clay oven, make authentic clothing and leatherwork..
    did a bit of filming for channel 4 schools programmes etc and got invited all over the country to give displays, it really was great fun..
     
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    I think I saw a TV programme featuring your settlement some time ago. Is it still open? we like the idea of a trip to have a look around.:thumb:
     
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    I would have loved to watch this. I am interested in lots of the old crafts and techniques used back in time.
    Sue:thumb:
     
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    sadly it's no longer there, it all got lost to fire some years ago now, we were all prepared to rebuild and raise the funds for doing so as we did before as it was such a popular attraction as well as an education resource, but the local council brought in all the health and safety regs and we would have not been able to do so using authentic materials and methods, so that was that..
    there is butser iron age place in hampshire, that's still going strong.. :thumb:
     

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