At our shows you will normally see we use period tents in the village as opposed to house structures. This could portray a number of scenarios, for example: camp followers for an army on campaign, or ''paying taxes'', people were summoned to pay taxes so this was used as a reason to travel and trade goods.
The living history encampment, or the village, is where the public have most contact with the group as it is difficult to stop a fighting warrior and ask what he is doing. In the village the public have as much time as they want to wander around our displays and have direct contact with the re-enactors. Although we cannot perfectly recreate the dark ages the connection to past reality is at its best in an authentic village setting.
During events food is prepared and cooked to period recipes based on written text and archaeology. Much of what was eaten in the dark ages would be recognisable in kitchens today in one form or another.
A diet mainly consisting of oats, bread, dried fruit, stews, fish, fowl, vegetables and some meat. Honey was used as the only sweetener and mead and buttermilk was drank daily along with ale. You can learn more about food and cooking on our history page.
Skills such as coin stamping (seen demonstrated in the picture to the right) are a valuable way of bringing the Viking age to life and providing an opportunity for people to learn about these lost crafts, plus children really enjoy having a go swinging a big heavy hammer onto the stamp!
You can learn amore about various trades, crafts and skills here
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