Spending new year’s eve with the crazy people from our #livinghistory or #reenactment peer group has it’s side effects. So beside having a short sword (and spear) training in the early morning – after cleaning up of course – we had various boomsticks to fire this year 🥳
Visited the Museum Of Everyday Life in Castle Waldenbuch 71111 / Germany. This town is known for it’s chocolate factory of Ritter Sport but it does indeed have a very nice medieaval town core – timber-framed buildings included.
The museum itself is simply great. The place is huge and there is so much to see. It was also a great place for the kids who in opposition to usual museum trips did not just run from room to room. The exhibits really catched their attention and we spent a surprisingly long time inside.
My personal highlight was the opportunity to see the Family Swevia and Reisecen live showcasing their deeds. Two great living history groups that really do put a lot of effort and research in their presentations.
Article about Tales from the Green Valley, by Peter Sommer, Director of the award-winning BBC TV exploring life on a Welsh farm in the 17th century
I’m watching Tales From The Green Valley again and while it’s not my usual period of interest (1620) it’s still a masterpiece for hands on history. Very inspiring and packed with useful knowledge.
Visited the Bachritterburg in 88422 Kanzach / Germany, a reconstruction of a medieaval motte-and-bailey castle from the early 14th. century. It’s a wooden fortification with an enclosed courtyard that has a lot of Living History from various groups going on.
Being based upon an actual model removed from the 10th Century Gokstad ship.
Find details on how to make a 10th century norwegian bed on http://www.livinghistory.co.uk/homepages/oakley/bedplan.html