A Weekend of Medieval Fun for Living Military History!

This weekend sees Living Military History making a first furtive excursion into the land of the medieval and the life of a Benedictine monk.

Graham Bandy Benedictine Monk

Benedictine Monk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The event is at Riverside Country Park, Gillingham, Kent for The English Festival with Black Knight Historical.

Riverside Country Park is a large coastal public park in Kent, situated alongside the River Medway estuary between Gillingham and Rainham.

Riverside Country Park Map

Riverside Country Park Map

 

There is limited parking on site but there are park and ride buses from Chatham Historic Dockyard and Rainham Mark Gramar School from 10am to 6pm. More details here.

 

 

 

And on Sunday, Medieval Living History will be at the National Trust’s Bodiam Castle in Sussex.

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Bodium Castle  East Sussex

Bodiam Castle – East Sussex

 

 

 

 

 

 

The National Trust are giving away Free Entry for up to four people this weekend (20th and 21st April) to a number of places – and Bodiam Castle is on the list!

 

All you have to do is register on their website http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1355774281951/ and download a voucher (valid for up to four people).

Remember – the offer is for this weekend only!  

 

 

Reminiscence Therapy: Living Military History Working with Age UK

Age UK

Today was spent in discussions with Age UK (formerly Age Concern and Help The Aged) Oxfordshire,planning Reminiscence Therapy  for Veterans in Oxfordshire. We are putting together a unique project which will fill a gap in current service provision and create a much needed resource for ex-service men and women.

Group activities such as listening to period music and handling authentic uniforms or military items from my collections, will help participants by triggering memories and encouraging interaction. The scheme will also help to combat the loneliness many elderly people and particularly veterans can feel.

We are aiming for an initial pilot project of 6 consecutive weeks with a bid to the local Civilian Military Partnership Forum for funding in order to roll it out county wide.  This is an exciting project which has the potential to provide a valuable service not currently available elsewhere.

Graham Bandy sits on the Surrey Civilian Military Partnership Forum and is experienced in handling bids from local projects wishing to access Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme Funds. Please visit the Living Military History website for more information.

New (to me) original Edwardian coat

Yesterday, I added to my wardrobe with a very special 1908 coat. It is very heavy and looks like some sort of felt. It was made in Savile Row by Sandon & Co, with a most generous cut and finish. The satin lining is as new, with no armpit stains, rips or tears.

original 1908 coat

original 1908 coat

It is quite, quite stunning….

 

Who Do You Think You Are Live!

Graham appeared for the second year at Who Do You Think You Are Live this weekend. Alongside author and historian Neil Storey, he identified and dated hundreds of vintage military photographs brought to the helpdesk by visitors to the popular genealogy show.

Meanwhile, Janet was helping out on the Rootschat stand – promoting the biggest and best Free Family History Forum in Britain!

LivingMilitaryHistory.co.uk – Specialising in 20th Century Medical Military History

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Spanish Civil War Republican Medical Officer

Living Military History specialise in 20th Century British Military and Home Front History, providing authentic displays, talks, workshops and interpretations for schools and heritage events.

Wherever possible we use original clothing and equipment. When not available we use historically accurate reproductions in order to provide the most authentic experience possible.

We are experts in military history and offer advice, expertise, research and dramatic reconstruction services for film, television and other media.

We also provide Reminiscence Therapy to individuals and organisations, using our large collection of original items and music.

Please follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LivingMilitaryHistory or visit our website at www.livingmilitaryhistory.co.uk to find out more.