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by m300572
Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:15 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: diagrams, recreations and/or maps of ECW defences_fortificat
Replies: 7
Views: 1745

Harrington has also done an enlarged version of the Archaeology of the Civil War - I think its an EH/Batsford one, I'll check at home.
by m300572
Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:27 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: The Sash my Royalist wore....
Replies: 6
Views: 2095

Try asking on the ECWS forum - but personally my scarf is blue silk (CO of Loudoun's Regiment of Foote)
by m300572
Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:46 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Today I will be mainly doing..
Replies: 17
Views: 13404

Here's the question I always asked the kids looking in the replica shelter in the museum here - might be useful for you. "What's the first thing you did when you came out of the shelter?" My wife's aunt told me this one - the family was from Plaistow so the area got bombed a few times. Che...
by m300572
Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:49 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: A quick thought about officers.
Replies: 21
Views: 4712

I doubt a newly commisioned teenage ensign would have much of a clue about anything and learned on the job


Talk to the average sergeant major nowadays and they'll tell you that not much has changed.
by m300572
Tue Jan 06, 2009 5:43 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Used and Second-Hand Books
Replies: 9
Views: 1155

I thank you, I'll be here all week!!!! :lol: :lol:
by m300572
Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:04 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Used and Second-Hand Books
Replies: 9
Views: 1155

But Lucy, he doesn't want to KEEP the books, he wants to sell them!!!
by m300572
Fri Dec 19, 2008 2:31 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Charles Edward Stuart Society's Annual Derby Weekend
Replies: 5
Views: 2165

I hear on the news that you have a new theme tune matey - next time you turn out with Loudoun's you'll be greeted with a chorus of "Adeste Fideles"!
by m300572
Fri Dec 19, 2008 2:29 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Adeste Fideles
Replies: 1
Views: 897

I heard that item on Radio 4 - I was greatly entertained by it.
by m300572
Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:39 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Rabbits in the 17th century.
Replies: 11
Views: 2685

The last actively working rabbit warren closed when myxi was introduced to control rabbits - it was one of the Dartmoor ones (which are the best examples of the "rabbit farm" that I know of in UK). Dartmoor produced large numbers of rabbits for the London market. I suspect the drop in popu...
by m300572
Mon Nov 17, 2008 2:33 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Rabbits in the 17th century.
Replies: 11
Views: 2685

http://www.snh.org.uk/publications/on-l ... /31/31.htm

Scottish Natural Heritage site - there is a little bit on historic distributions of rabbit - seem to have mainly lived around Edinburgh. They are a real menace to a lot of archaeological sites nowadays.
by m300572
Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hair Dye
Replies: 13
Views: 1393

sally wrote:get thee hence to a library and borrow a copy of my book :lol: I wrote it with reenactors in mind :lol:


Shouldn't that be "Hie thee hence to a booksellers and order a copy of my book to purchase" Sally? :lol:
by m300572
Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:51 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Roman re-enactors in Worcestershire
Replies: 7
Views: 3846

Not quite but I think the Ermine Street Guard live down the road in Gloucestershire somewhere
by m300572
Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:01 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval farming tools
Replies: 9
Views: 2190

i'm hoping to use artefacts as far as possible rather then documents, although i'll still need them. Hence the need to look through excavation reports for examples of medieval implements (Medieval Archaeology publishes many excavations) and the Research REports, many of which are excavation reports...
by m300572
Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:30 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval farming tools
Replies: 9
Views: 2190

If you get on to the Council for British Archaeology website there is a link to the ADS - Medieval Archaeology is on line there so you can do a search through xcavations - its also host to BIAB (British and Irish Archaeological bibliography) which may give you a set of leads.
by m300572
Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:39 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Prestonpans 20th September 2008
Replies: 33
Views: 5758

or at the ceilidh at night that my wife wouldn't let me go to....


As in "You are not going to that ceilidh unless you take the baby with you......" :shock: :lol: :lol:
by m300572
Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:44 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Teutoburger Wald 9 A.D. or Sheffield Fayre 2008??
Replies: 8
Views: 2116

Excellent - only just seen this one. Now we know why the Roman lost!!
by m300572
Thu Aug 28, 2008 2:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: String Mail?
Replies: 8
Views: 921

String mail - got anyone in the group that can knit - cotton string and thick needles then spray the result with silver paint (that's how they did it on Blue Peter to make the Norman costume in 1966! Must be right!!)
by m300572
Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle idea
Replies: 22
Views: 1979

Fairy Nuff Mr From Coventry - I come into this as someone isn't a participant in Medieval Re-enactment. I was looking at the comments with a perspective of English Civil War groups. So a large enough budget set aside for arrows and a regular replacement/salvage should allow archers to have enough to...
by m300572
Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle idea
Replies: 22
Views: 1979

Thought on arrows getting broken- budget (say) £100 for each event and spend it on arrows - issue the event arrows at the start and collect the survivors at the end - next event get another £100 worth of arows and issue with the survivors of the previous events. You should end up with a fair number ...
by m300572
Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: A use for tinned nails...
Replies: 21
Views: 1550

I'm afraid I don't recal all the details - I worked on the excavation and conservation of a tinplate works (the same site as the copper smelter which was probably buried under ten foot of fill to level the site up for the tinplate works) at Aberdulais about twenty five years ago - we picked up a lot...
by m300572
Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: A use for tinned nails...
Replies: 21
Views: 1550

the packmill method of producing tinplate sheets was developed in the 1690's That fits with what Guthrie was saying and makes sense of what it was the Germans had that everyone else wanted...... Off you pop, Guthers, and go look it up. :D What I didn't add was that it was developed in South Wales, ...
by m300572
Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: A use for tinned nails...
Replies: 21
Views: 1550

On an historical tinning note - the packmill method of producing tinplate sheets was developed in the 1690's if my memory serves me corectly. In this, wrought iron bar was hot rolled into thin sheets - these were folded in half, reheated and re-rolled until 16 or 32 thicknesses were going through th...
by m300572
Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:50 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: A use for tinned nails...
Replies: 21
Views: 1550

How did you tin them - I know the theory of tinplate, having done some background research on a sheet tinplate works in the 80's - it tinvolved dipping the sheets in acid then molten tin so a fairly evil process (apparently you could tell a woman who worked in the "pickling" sheds where th...
by m300572
Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 19549

Wallace fought under the standard of a Wolf Tail, and eventually all the Scottish skirmishers used it as their symbol and wore one on their belt. ON a "common sense" note - where did all these wolves come from? Even in medieval Scotland the wolf population would, I would guess, be relativ...
by m300572
Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 19549

Shoot as many grey's as possible guys! Hang on... is it possible to have a grey squirrel in that period in the Uk? Depends on the level of pedantry - you can't have Grey Squirrel (S. carolinensis) as its a North American species introduced to Britain. You could, according to Dave of de Clifford, ha...
by m300572
Sun Aug 17, 2008 10:20 am
Forum: General History
Topic: archaeological examples of shields?
Replies: 11
Views: 1412

Ask the Royal Armouries at Leeds if they have any good references - if they can send you a "reading list" that will give you a good start The Stephenson book has a good bibliography as mentioned - better than a lot of Tempus books. Then it may be a case of going through BIAB to look for re...
by m300572
Wed Aug 06, 2008 12:57 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: early Tricorn Hat. Scottish maker. Anyone know makers?
Replies: 4
Views: 1569

If you can access them, try checking trade directories - there was, for example, a firm clled Kelly who printed Kelly's Directories of the main cities, list tradesmen and companies with their adresses. so Forsyths of Princes St should appear in the Edinburgh directorise.
by m300572
Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:52 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: 18thC handkerchiefs
Replies: 4
Views: 1430

Would that not be more likeley to be a table napkin though Phil? A stout linen napkin folded over and wetted might mean the difference between having your head split to the chin and just having your skull fractured! :shock:
by m300572
Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cleaning feathers
Replies: 7
Views: 910

but ours keeps switching itself off!).


Leave the lid open slightly - I found this out by accident when I filled the kitchen with steam a while back.
by m300572
Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:18 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Kelmarsh pics+vid
Replies: 64
Views: 5783

Some great piccies - next year we will go - disasters allowing!

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