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by m300572
Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Can you help me with Tudor question please?
Replies: 13
Views: 3182

Try getting hold of Nicholas Monsarrat's Mater Mariner books - central character cursed from the time of the Armada. In general, I would think that, providing the character doesn't physically age, the rate of change in society would be such that he could adapt to the changes as they happened (like m...
by m300572
Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Silly, strange and stupid questions from the public.
Replies: 60
Views: 7113

I Spent a good 20 minutes on Sunday, explaining to small child that they didn't have snipers in c17th century Apart from the Earl of Derby's gamekeepers who, armed with "scrued guns" picked of Parliamentarian officers and gunners in the siege lines around Lathom House - seems like a fairl...
by m300572
Sat Sep 26, 2009 12:24 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Kings involved in the invasion of 1066
Replies: 22
Views: 4841

William wasn't a proper king, he was a jumped up Norman bastard son of a duke! :lol: :lol:

Nigel? You out there Nigel?? :lol: :lol:
by m300572
Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:47 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Silly, strange and stupid questions from the public.
Replies: 60
Views: 7113

In my other group, if i have to explain that Tommies weren't named after Tommy guns, or hear another person say they've seen our machine guns on Call of Duty, i may scream. Sadly the "standard" stupid questions remain standard for as long as you do the job - I worked for some time on an I...
by m300572
Thu Sep 10, 2009 3:45 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Lanark - local press photos
Replies: 1
Views: 938

Lanark - local press photos

I don't think anyone has posted photos from the Lanark event - and I didn't take any as I forgot my camera and was in kit all day anyway! So the local papers phot gallery for the event is at: http://www.photostoday.co.uk/Gallery.aspx?GalleryID=25749 I think my legs appear in one shot (the rest of me...
by m300572
Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:06 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Coopering
Replies: 7
Views: 2812

There was a cooper up near Queensferry - we got some buckets from his a few years back. I'll see if I can find his details.
by m300572
Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:53 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial.
Replies: 36
Views: 7360

I was always worried by Martin Carvers assumption that the main burial is that of Raedwald though. It's such a strange thing for an archaeologist to do - put a name to a burial without more concrete evidence. I don't think it was Martin that came up with that as a suggestion i nthe first place. The...
by m300572
Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 17th century coif
Replies: 9
Views: 2370

That's really interesting, M - thank you for that. I'm now tempted to go off and research clothmaking, instead of making kit! :lol: That is the route to madness and despair!! :lol: I looked the info up and typed it while I was supposed to be helping the boss make three pairs of breeches for this we...
by m300572
Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 17th century coif
Replies: 9
Views: 2370

A slight sideline on the colours - "self coloured" linen - the slightly brownish cream of the unbleached cloth would be how it came off the loom - bleaching involved spreading the cloth in the sun with the use of various bleaching materials - Home's Experiments in Bleaching (1785), quoted ...
by m300572
Fri Jul 10, 2009 9:35 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Neil Marshall's Centurion
Replies: 13
Views: 1875

Dan, by an "event" I meant in the broad sense of a group turning up somewhere to do something. As you say, if its a film, then generally its for entertainment and the accuracy tends to go out the window to a greater or lesser extent (I reckon its partly for selling the film - if you try an...
by m300572
Wed Jul 08, 2009 12:32 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Neil Marshall's Centurion
Replies: 13
Views: 1875

Interesting mix of kit styles - is this one of these events where "It's Roman" so anything from a four hundred year period will do?
by m300572
Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:25 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Dover Castle and my new dress!
Replies: 28
Views: 5016

(I finished mine on Friday morning before the event xD)


In re-enactment kit terms that makes you incredibly well organised - most folks are still sewing in the car on the way to the event (and that's just the driver! :shock: ) :lol: :lol:

Nice pics and good kit!
by m300572
Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:07 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Advice Please. Where in the UK?
Replies: 8
Views: 3093

That is such a general query that its not possible to answer - can you refine your area of visiting a bit more? As a general stab at it - accommoadation - just about everywhere has some decent b&bs - some have more than others and some have a good range. Museums - define a decent museum? We have...
by m300572
Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Pole weapons
Replies: 46
Views: 6330

only two horses and one man were killed Possibly the casualties reported reflected the number of "important" deaths. I don't really know the source or the period but there is a theory that in an earlier age in Italy, low Roman casualties were due partly to propaganda and partly due to the...
by m300572
Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Late 17th c groups
Replies: 54
Views: 9581

Although if we can interest you in a 1812 patter light dragoon jacket, we're taking deposits for them now


DO NOT tempt this man with ideas about fancy kit - we're going to book him into the Priory fairly soon as it is, to help him deal with his addiction!! :lol: :lol:
by m300572
Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:36 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Late 17th c groups
Replies: 54
Views: 9581

Neil Johnston wrote:Hi AndyR
Is Jules still making up kit, coats waistcoats etc., for the period?
Specifically Dumbartons Regt.
Cheers
Neil


Johnston, do you actually NEED any more kit?? :lol:
by m300572
Thu May 14, 2009 12:53 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Late 17th c groups
Replies: 54
Views: 9581

This could also be an interesting period to portray in the run up to the 300th anniversary of the '15 and an antidote to all the Waterloo stuff that'll be going on then........eh Andy???



Battle of Preston - the main drag and market place would be ideal for a "street fight" event!
by m300572
Tue May 12, 2009 12:47 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Late 17th c groups
Replies: 54
Views: 9581

Loudoun's still have some 1680's Cameronian's kit lurking somewhere - we haven't had much chance to use it of late.
by m300572
Fri May 08, 2009 1:11 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Spoon in a hat
Replies: 18
Views: 4165

Why is it that wooden spoons are almost as common finds in Europe as wooden bowls but that they are very rare in the UK? maybe, unlike bowls, they broke..........and then they simply chucked 'em in the fire in a desperate attempt to keep warm in the traditional UK wet and windy weather? :lol: That ...
by m300572
Fri May 08, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Spoon in a hat
Replies: 18
Views: 4165

Cat wrote:I tend to have a spoon in my hat so's I'm not sans spoon if offered food! I was told once that it is a symbol of rank ...can't remember what rank though.


Does "Grubby peasant always on the scrounge for free food" count as a rank?
by m300572
Thu May 07, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Artillery 1100 - 1215
Replies: 11
Views: 1965

Marcus Woodhouse wrote:And I have a tebuchet in my classroom called Tim.


Would that be because its an Irish Catholic trebuchet?? :twisted:
by m300572
Mon May 04, 2009 8:14 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Shelter Deaths
Replies: 27
Views: 6719

And what was the first thing you did when coming out of the shelter after a raid? (according the my aunt).














Check to make sure the house was still there!!
by m300572
Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:53 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Shelter Deaths
Replies: 27
Views: 6719

As well as the big casualty incidents, there were also casualties in family Anderson shelters - just from the scatter of bombs being dropped over residential areas - some were bound to hit shelters (or land near enough to cause casualties from the concussion) One of my aunt's neighbours (she was eas...
by m300572
Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:21 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Shoe study pre 1500
Replies: 14
Views: 1679

Attilla the Bun wrote:Jim retired a year or two ago!
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God that makes me feel old - it doesn't seem that long ago that we did a session with the YAT labs as part of my course - it was, however, in 1981!! York in the freezing cold, just before Christmas, just like a Christmas Card
by m300572
Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:19 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: medieval fishing
Replies: 27
Views: 4136

If you are discussing general fishing methods, there are a number of fish traps known from around the coast, dting to the medieval period - basically the remains are shallow v shaped settings of rubble - possibly the base of low dry stone walls - or lines of stakes in the same v-shape layout - proba...
by m300572
Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Shoe study pre 1500
Replies: 14
Views: 1679

Coppergate finds were likely dealt with by the York Archaeological Trust Labs - I think Jim Spriggs is still the head honcho there.
by m300572
Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Scraps - a universal mystery?
Replies: 13
Views: 1745

Colin Middleton wrote:
lidimy wrote:Could use one of those baby jamjars you get for breakfast in posh hotels... :lol: :lol:


Is it a good idea to put a glass jar in a fire?


Depends on how much you value your eyesite.

A tin would be a better idea Lidi.
by m300572
Fri Mar 20, 2009 3:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Scraps - a universal mystery?
Replies: 13
Views: 1745

lidimy wrote:My smallest bits I use to pad teddy sized jacks. so really anything over an inch square I keep...


Keep the really tiny treeny bits as well Lidi, then your teddies could be equipped with very small tinderboxes with authenti-charcloth! :lol:
by m300572
Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wedding practices >> Chaucer
Replies: 18
Views: 1992

See if you can get hold of Reay Tannahill's "Sex in History" - can't remember how detailed it is for this period but the bibliography may give you a few pointers - its about 25 years since it was published though so it may not be bang up to date with current research.
by m300572
Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:39 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Celtic anthropomorphic swords
Replies: 12
Views: 8774

As well as Oakshott, have a look for Stead's Iron Age Swords and Scabbards. Not sure if it only covers British examples or is pan-European but it might answer some of the queries.

And beware of using "Celtic" - its a very debateable term in archaeological thought.

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