LHES is our trading name. It’s still us, but it keeps us, Ian and Caroline having fun, separate from us, Ian and Caroline having fun and getting paid for it.
We can demonstrate and/or talk about a wide range of activities set in several historical periods.
A few examples from the last couple of years are:
What’s the difference?
Reenactment is how a lot of people start out. It’s where people try to recreate aspects of a historical event. It’s often a battle of some sort, as that lets the grown-
Living History is when people try to recreate the clothing, crafts, pastimes, skills, etc of a given period, usually with the aim of bringing the period to life by both entertaining and educating the public.
We started off reenacting English Civil War battles but soon branched out into portraying some of the domestic life of the time as Living History.
We gradually got asked to extend into other time periods and have also been adding to the skills and techniques that we display.
So far we have portrayed:
We make and use a range of small pyrotechnics to simulate grenados, artillery fire, etc. Safety distances are normally a few feet to a few inches
We can also demonstrate and talk about how fireworkers produced devices for entertainment and battle in Tudor and Stuart times.
We can take small groups of people for guided 'plant walks' in almost any location.
Depending on the location, we can put on appropriate dress, e.g. Victorian, Napoleonic, 17th Century.
We look at common wild plants which have been used for various purposes for hundreds of years.
Food, medicine and magic 2
For larger groups or in a static setting, we can demonstrate and talk about how plants were used. Normally in the role of a 16th or 17th Century physician, although other periods are possible
NOTE, this is for historical information only, we are not doctors and we cannot give you or sell you any medicine.
Historical Reenactment Traders
This is a spin off from us working with numerous traders at various fairs and other events
We started keeping a record for use when helping to organise trading fairs and the whole thing mushroomed.
Traders are indexed by name, period they cater for, and what they sell.
Some of the entries are a bit dated now. We’re working on a rewrite of the site, but it’s almost impossible to make sure that everything is correct.
The Wardour Garrison. A living history group that we belong to.
The Sealed Knot. The biggest and oldest reenactment society in the UK.
Pike and Shot Events Ltd. AKA Dave Allan, a man who knows a lot of reenactors
Pat Patrick. Lots of photos of reenactment events.
Babbington’s Pyrotechnica 1635. How to make fireworks in the 17th Century
Culpepper’s Herbal, online version
We can demonstrate and teach cooking techniques from a range of time periods, using recipes from period cook books or published research. The cooking is done over open fires or on a portable firebox.
Note: this is demonstration only, we cannot feed the public due to health and safety considerations.
Fellow reenactors feed at their own risk. No one has spat it out yet.
We run sword schools. We usually get asked to run them for children but we’re happy to have adult or mixed sessions.
Actually, parents are encouraged to join in, at least to learn the defences. After all, the children are going to know how to attack and parents make good targets.
The schools use lightweight wooden weapons, broadsword or rapier, with buckler or dagger if required.
Caroline can demonstrate and teach braiding and weaving skills.
Ian will do the same for rope making, and given a suitable patch of nettles will produce nettle cord and rope on site.
Adventurers have travelled in search of novel plants throughout recorded history, and probably before that. Our Plant Hunter scenario is usually based on the Regency period, but can be adapted for the Tudors onwards.
We’ll get children, and adults, drawing, painting, surveying and map-
This can be in the context of a 17th Century school, or an astrologer and fortune teller, or both if you wish.
Astrology and fortune telling is restricted to the period 1600 to 1650. That time probably had more fortune tellers and astrologers than any other before or since, so it was part of everyday life.
Just making and/or using quill pens can be almost any period.