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Medieval Reenactment near Durham

Posted: Wed May 02, 2012 10:15 pm
by Andy92
Hi,

Does anyone know of any medieval reenactment groups near Durham? I'm at uni here so I'm looking for any in the area. It's either that or set one up here myself :)

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

Posted: Thu May 03, 2012 1:29 am
by Biro
We're in Hartlepool - doing 12-13c

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

Posted: Thu May 03, 2012 12:09 pm
by Andy92
I definitely like the look of what you do but it's still a little far for me during term-time when I don't have access to a car. On the other hand, I'm only in Stockton during the holidays so I might come along then. I recently inherited a lot of reenactment equipment from my brother so I'm eager to make sure it doesn't go to waste.

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

Posted: Thu May 03, 2012 1:52 pm
by Biro
We have a small, local(ish) event May 19th at Sedgefield Medieval Fayre. Come along, have a chat and see if you like the look.

Most of our training sessions are on a Sunday (not sure if you're still in Durham at weekends) - but we're starting the display season now - so pretty much half of the weekends we'll be away doing events rather than training.

Otherwise, I'm only aware of a small Viking group that are based closer - called Dunholm. I could probably dig out a contact number for them if you want to try that.

Cheers,
Brian

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

Posted: Thu May 03, 2012 4:05 pm
by hobbitomm
You're also within the SCA shire of Depedene under Wychwood, with a couple of us living in Durham, and occasional events this side of the country.

Someone is setting up a Medieval Recreation society at the Uni, which is vaguely SCA associated at present, and may in time become a group in its own right, if there is sufficient interest.

https://sites.google.com/site/depedeneunderwychwood/

Personally I do mid-late 16th century, with a main interest in medicine/surgery and period fence, my wife does cookery, with a main interest in Henrician, but with everything else from Appicius through to mid 17th century. The guy at the Uni is mostly into armoured combat, using the standard SCA rules (ie, rattan, full impact).

Drop me a PM if you're interested.

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

Posted: Thu May 03, 2012 6:53 pm
by ForTheMarshal
Assuming you don't just join someone local and like 12thC...
If you are willing to put in the legwork with rounding up recruits and learning how to train them, we can help you set a group up (about time we got a group close to DoC - been to long since I had a drink with proper northerners, and want to meet them :wink: ). We've set up quite a few branches with University links, so are used to working with them too.

Our info/propaganda thread: forums/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=27950

But for new groups we can do:

Internal (heavily discounted) markets on nearly all kit/equipment you could want
Plenty of inauthentic safety gear for mass-training (those first session with lots of recruits, before you whittle down to keepers)

Training equipment x5 on loan
- Group expected to work towards buying another 5, and then purchasing the originally loaned gear as priorities.
Specifics
- Nasal helmets, painted in group colours
- Spears, ends painted in group colours
- Tower shields, painted lozengy in group colours
- Maces, shafts painted in group colours
- Surcoats in group colours (single colour for plebs, both colours for those with armoured [sergeant and above] kit)
- Padded jacks
- Armguards
- Combat gloves
- Coifs (sourcing issue ATM)

Advise groups that members should make first kit purchases:
- Shoes
- Braise
- Hose
- Belt
- Undertunic
- Cloak
- Coif
Where possible, group colours to be encouraged (apply common sense with black kit though)
- Bedroll
- Linen bag

Personnel support:
- Combat training visits
- Craft session visits (Work in progress)

Web facilities
- Group forum on our main boards
- Group email redirect
- Group website

Admin
- Template constitution (Work in progress)
- Template finance records (Work in progress)
- Society membership forms, and booklets

Advertising/Recruiting
- Template pack of 10 posters
- Template group flyers
- Template group business cards
- Society flyers
- Society business cards

Documents
- Society authenticity guide
- Society combat handbook
- Society craft handbook
- Kit making guide (Work in progress)

Other
- Group tent(s) Loan from the Society until groups buy their own

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

Posted: Thu May 03, 2012 9:20 pm
by Phil the Grips
Not quite your period but there is a chapter of the Society for the Study of Swordsmanship, who do late era historic fencing, based at Brancepeth Castle, which is 20 mins on a bus from the city centre bus station. PM 'joolz' on here for details as he is the chapter head.

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

Posted: Thu May 10, 2012 12:45 pm
by Man from Coventry
York City Levy (15th Century) draws most of their membership from between the Tyne and Tees.

You can probably find their details on the L & M website.

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

Posted: Thu May 10, 2012 1:27 pm
by purple peril
There's Rosa Mundi in Redcar, for really well researched Medieval. Think they're still going...
...and there's also the Dunholm branch of the Vikings though they're probably too early for you.

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

Posted: Fri May 11, 2012 7:32 am
by sean raine
rosamundi are indeed still going. http://www.rosamundi.org.uk/ also if you prefer a early period there is acle early medieval group which is part of the vikings society. http://www.aclesaxons.co.uk/ and the old site while the new is being built is http://aclesaxons.weebly.com/ we will also be at sedgefield medieval faire if you want to come have a look at us

cheers
sean

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

Posted: Tue May 15, 2012 3:06 pm
by Andy92
Thanks for all the suggestions. Once exams are out of the way, I'm going to talk to the student's union about setting up a society, hopefully with Crusade. Failing that, I'll try to make it along to DoC during the holidays and whenever else I have chance.

Thanks again.

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:19 am
by Phoenix Rising
Not sure if you're still about, Andy 92, but if you're in Durham there is also the Time Bandits, of which two of us who live in the area are a part. We are are multi-period, ranging from Anglo-Saxon through to WW2, and have members from all walks of life.

If you look up John Sadler on the net, his page will come up and the Time Bandits are also there.

If you're interested post a reply on the site and I'll see if I can help.

All best,

PR

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

Posted: Sun May 18, 2014 3:01 pm
by Budgum
That is just typical. I live in Peterlee and only just now discovered the reenactment at sedgefield. 1 day too late :doh:
If I had known I would have loved to have a look along.

I am new to this blogging caper but if there is any way of lettimng me know of other events in the durham area I would appreciate it very much.

Regards.

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

Posted: Mon May 19, 2014 12:43 pm
by Biro
Shame you missed us at Sedgefield. Maybe you could catch us at Barnard Castle this weekend (sun + Mon)?

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

Posted: Mon May 19, 2014 5:38 pm
by Phoenix Rising
Budgum wrote:That is just typical. I live in Peterlee and only just now discovered the reenactment at sedgefield. 1 day too late :doh:
If I had known I would have loved to have a look along.

I am new to this blogging caper but if there is any way of lettimng me know of other events in the durham area I would appreciate it very much.

Regards.
There's also Bedesworld Medieval Faire on Sunday 25th May - in Jarrow, not too far from you in Peterlee. Might be worth you having a look as there's going to be a few groups there. 10.30 a.m / 4.30 p.m

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:24 am
by Andy92
Budgum wrote:That is just typical. I live in Peterlee and only just now discovered the reenactment at sedgefield. 1 day too late :doh:
If I had known I would have loved to have a look along.

I am new to this blogging caper but if there is any way of lettimng me know of other events in the durham area I would appreciate it very much.

Regards.
Little while yet but we'll have another show in Durham (Palace Green) first weekend of September.