The Sealed Knot
English Civil War Re-enactment

SK Living History Group

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The Sealed Knot Living History Group attempts, within modern confines and limitations, to portray life within a 17th Century Baggage camp at the time of the English Civil War.

A prime purpose of the group is to educate and inform the visiting public on various aspects of this period. However, it must be remembered that all of the participants are amateurs who have carried out their own research into the role that they are playing.

When an army marches, either in the 17th Century or the 21st Century, it was and is necessary to support that movement of troops with skilled artisans who can keep the complete unit moving. This can range from wheelrights and armourers to bodgers and washerwomen. Most of the things that are taken for granted by a modern society had to be carried along on the march. It is worth noting that most food in the camp is cooked over open log fires which in itself requires skills often forgotten.

It is the aim of the Living History Group to give as accurate a portrayal of this period as possible. However, some things cannot be portrayed; the bad smells and sounds, the screams from the surgeons tent, the lack of latrines and hygiene; these and the like we prefer to leave to the imagination. However, visitors are welcome, indeed encouraged, to converse with the inhabitants of the camp to learn a little of some of the hardships that were endured. It should be understood that the common soldier would have slept in the hedgerows regardless of the weather, therefore the camp portrayed is one of comparative luxury and the status of the individuals would have been quite high in the army. Indeed, some will only be using the tentage as a receiving area whilst at camp and would possibly have arranged billeting in a local manor house sympathetic to their cause.

Our displays may also include demonstrations of musket fire during the day. Whilst every effort is made to preserve safety in the camp, everyone must be aware that sharp tools and open fires are on site and are asked to ensure that any children are not allowed to run free. The public are also requested not to handle artifacts, unless invited to do so, for their personal safety. The camps are open from the time the public enter until they depart. During that period it is essential to continue the overall ambience and not revert to modern day standards. For example, smoking cigarettes, drinking from cans, wearing wristwatches or modern jewellery, eating ice creams are only some of the activities or items which are banned from view in the camp during public attendance times. The hours can be long but are very satifying. and are usually followed in the evening by a gathering around the campfire, the consumption of various beverages and, frequently, a session of rousing period songs.

If you have already seen us, you may have found the experience of your visit such that you contemplate joining our Society and indeed our group. We would be only too pleased to advise you on the running of the Sealed Knot and all that is involved in joining. We have members from all walks of life and of all ages and it would be true to say we are very much family orientated. The primary roles for members can be summarised as follows; musketeer, pikeman, cavalry, artillery, living history and civilian. Everyone joins at the same level and can be promoted within their chosen regiment or unit as they become more experienced. In addition we have our own field medics and our own traders who sell items of clothing, shoes, hats etc. Infact we are a very self contained society.

There is no obligation to attend any particular muster or battle which can take place anywhere across the British Isles. However the venues are often some of the most picturesque estates in the country and are worth visiting in their own right. The musters can range from small regimental displays to large events fielding thousands of participants, but regardless of size, the events can be equally satifying.

The Living History Group tends to be a specialist unit and does not take to the battlefield as a fighting unit, however some of our members also take part in the battles by going onto the field by prior arrangements with combat regiments. You can be as elaborate or as simple as you like in presentation. The most important thing is that we re-enact as accurately as possible life in the 17th Century and educate and advise our visiting public of that period in history.

For further information please contact:
Alan Jones,
Telephone: 01543 318102
Gary Knott,
Telephone: 01268 776363

Link to SK Living History Group Home Page

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If you want to speak to the regimental contact (for either recruitment or public relations matters), please contact the following person:

Contact: Alan Jones
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Telephone: 01543 318102

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