Living History

This term covers a whole range of activities which contribute to our re-creation of life in our period. If you’re interested in metalwork, you can take up smithing and make tools, weapons, or jewellery. Much Anglo-Saxon table-ware and furniture was wooden, so carpentry is an important skill. Their food and cooking-methods were different from ours, so we re-create them. Leatherwork, spinning, weaving, dyeing – there are many crafts one can study and master. We value crafts-people, as our ancestors did, and for the same reason – they are useful to us, we can buy or trade for their products and they can acquire the things they need through trade or sale.

Often, we sell craft products at shows – they make worthwhile souvenirs – and this actually adds value to the exhibit.