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"As the murmur of ten thousand bees…"
So said the Roman commentator Horace when alluding to the unheard voices of those who have gone before us. We attempt to bring alive the dead past so that those voices may be heard across the thirty generations that separate us from that distant time. This short article will tell you more about us and the wide range of our activities.
If you have never worked with a re-enactment society before, you might be wary of employing a bunch of volunteer amateurs who sound great but will they actually deliver? I can supply you with a contact list of happy customers going back over twelve years. Indeed, many of our employers offer us repeat work year after year after year.
Regia Anglorum is a society founded to accurately re-create the life of the folk of the Viking Age, as it was lived in the one hundred years before 1066 AD. Naturally, our aim is largely concentrated on the effects that the Viking raids had on the British Isles, but we don't ignore parallels on the near continent. Whilst the Vikings are the attention grabber, our efforts are very much aimed at portraying a balanced image of life as it was lived around a thousand years ago.
Our work deliberately has a strong educational slant and we consider that authenticity is of the highest importance. We prefer to work from found material where possible and are extremely cautious regarding the interpretation of styles depicted in manuscript sources. The Society has a very large quantity of what might loosely be referred to as "props".
Constructed to the highest standards - and from the correct materials - they include large-scale tents, cooking equipment, pole lathes, wall and braid looms, coin-striking equipment, smithying and a wide range of other museum-quality artifacts too numerous to mention.
Where circumstances allow, we can build kilns, charcoal clamps and smelters actually on site. These activities - supported by a kaleidoscope of simple features of everyday life - form a Living History Encampment based upon a number of tented structures from which the members can teach and demonstrate their craft activities. The Encampment is a living, working environment and not a static display of things that have been made elsewhere and are brought to site with a view to selling to the public. In fact, very little of our produce is offered for sale in this way.
If you are interested in arranging for an appearance, please contact:
Recommended Donations for Appearances
An additional travel charge of 25 cents a mile is levied for distances over 30 miles.
- Appearance of at least one person for one hour for schools and civic organizations: $50
- Appearance of at least one person for one hour for commercial organizations: $100
- Appearance of two or more members for one hour for schools and other civic organizations: $80
- Appearance of two or more members for one hour for commercial organizations: $160
- Appearance of two or more members at fair or other event for one day or less: $200 plus amenities to be mutually agreed upon
- Full encampment with two or more members for one to two days: $250 plus amenities to be mutually agreed upon
All charges are negotiable, and we might not be able to make arrangements because of other or prior arrangements.
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