Live History Live

Friday 29th June – Sunday 1st July 2018

In addition to our talks and debates, and our acres of Living History encampments, we will be introducing our brand new ‘Live History Live’ programme, with a different kind of experiential history – featuring over 50 interactive events throughout the weekend, to really bring the past alive so you can see, hear and feel history.

FRIDAY 6pm • SATURDAY 1pm • SUNDAY 1pm
FOOD IN THE ROUND: THE DAILY GRIND
THE MOOT

Presenters: Luke Winter/Dan Jones

How has food changed through the ages? This session challenges our Living History groups to produce authentic meals based on original accounts, recipes and ingredients.

FRIDAY 6pm • SATURDAY 5pm • SUNDAY 5pm
TANK CREW LEAGUER
GREEN WOOD

Presenter: James Holland

What was life like for a Sherman tank crew? What happened when the fighting was over for the day?

FRIDAY 7pm
THE SAXON FORGE
FIELD OF CLOTH OF GOLD

Presenter: James Holland

Join the Saxon blacksmith and lose yourself in the hypnotic fire as he forges weapons and everyday items using the tools and techniques of the Early Medieval period

SATURDAY 10am, 3pm • SUNDAY 10am, 3pm
UNIFORMS: STYLE v FUNCTION
THE MOOT

Presenters: Helen Castor/Guy Walters/Eddie Butler

Why do soldiers look like soldiers? This session investigates the How’s and Why’s of uniform development through time.

SATURDAY 10am • SUNDAY 10am
MEDIEVAL LONGSWORD: THE SECRET ART
FIELD OF CLOTH OF GOLD

Presenter: Luke Winter

Discover the truth behind this lost martial art. From secret texts to devastatingly efficient ‘Master Cuts’.

SATURDAY 10am, 2pm • SUNDAY 12pm, 2pm
THE GREEN WOOD
GREEN WOOD

Presenter: Alex Langlands

The process of timber production from the Victorian period to the mid-20th century.

SATURDAY 11am • SUNDAY 11am
LIFE IN ROMAN BRITAIN
THE MOOT

Presenter: Ben Kane

What was it like to be both a soldier in the legions and also a Roman civilian?

SATURDAY 11am, 1pm • SUNDAY 11am, 1pm
WEAPONS: THE BRUTALITY OF COMBAT
FIELD OF CLOTH OF GOLD

Presenters: Dan Jones/Charlie Higson

This experimental session offers a rare chance to witness the effect of edged and projectile weapons against realistic targets.

SATURDAY 11am, 3pm • SUNDAY 11am, 3pm
HEAVY METAL: SHERMAN AND GRANT
GREEN WOOD

Presenter: James Holland

Examine the history, the strengths and weaknesses, and see the Sherman in action.

SATURDAY 12pm, 5pm • SUNDAY 12pm, 5pm
HISTORIC SURGERY: THE BUTCHER’S BILL
THE MOOT

Presenters: Helen Castor/Charlie Higson

Ever wondered how injuries would be treated on the ancient battlefield? This session takes modern surgeons and vets, give them surgical tools from the past, and challenge them to treat the “injured”.

SATURDAY 12pm • SUNDAY 12pm
THE RED DEVILS: THE 1ST AIRBORNE AT ARNHEM
FIELD OF CLOTH OF GOLD
Presenter: Guy Walters

The training and fighting techniques of the Red Devils demonstrating their kit and weaponry and examining their strengths, weaknesses and how they fought during Operation Market Garden in September 1944.

SATURDAY 12pm • SUNDAY 10am
THE FIRST WORLD WAR TANK: DRIVING LESSON
GREEN WOOD
Presenters: James Holland/Eddie Butler

Explore how one of the early First World War tanks actually worked and operated. We will be asking for eight volunteers, giving them some basic items of kit, and then showing each what role they would have played in the tank.

SATURDAY 1pm • SUNDAY 1pm
THE GUNS: BRITISH WORLD WAR II ARTILLERY
GREEN WOOD
Presenter: James Holland

In this event, we will forensically look at three models before finishing with a live-firing demonstration of each.

SATURDAY 2pm • SUNDAY 2pm
17TH CENTURY FIELD GUN: FROM BEGINNINGS TO THE BATTLEFIELD
FIELD OF CLOTH OF GOLD
Presenters: Bill Moffat/Luke Winter

Just what is involved in getting a Civil War artillery piece to the battlefield?

SATURDAY 2pm • SUNDAY 2pm
THE FIRST WORLD WAR FORGE
THE MOOT
Presenter: Dan Jones

During the First World War, blacksmiths were vital and often had to make tools and weapons with a frantic urgency.

SATURDAY 3pm • SUNDAY 3pm
ROMAN ASSAULT: THE ART OF WAR

FIELD OF CLOTH OF GOLD
Presenter: Ben Kane

The communications, tactics and weapons systems employed by the Roman Army.

SATURDAY 4pm • SUNDAY 4pm
GLADIATORS
THE MOOT
Presenter: Ben Kane

Who were the gladiators? And what was the point of the games?

SATURDAY 4pm • SUNDAY 4pm
BLACK POWDER: THE GUNPOWDER STORY
FIELD OF CLOTH OF GOLD
Presenter: Luke Winter

What is gunpowder? And how is it made? Plenty of demonstrations of burning rates and also live firing.

SATURDAY 4pm • SUNDAY 4pm
THE FIRST WORLD WAR TANK: WAS IT A WONDER WEAPON?
GREEN WOOD
Presenter: James Holland

The origins of the British ‘landships’.

SATURDAY 5pm • SUNDAY 5pm
WARS OF THE ROSES: HOW A BATTLE WORKED
FIELD OF THE CLOTH OF GOLD
Presenters: Dan Jones/Guy Walters

Just how did a War of the Roses battle work? What happened? And how did the armies fight?

UNEARTHING THE PAST
ARCHAEOLOGY AT THE FESTIVAL 2018

THE PRISONERS OF RAT ISLAND

Storms in 2014 exposed the bodies of lots of individuals on a small tidal island called Rat Island by the Naval Base in Portsmouth.

Saturday 11am • Sunday 2pm
THE PRISONERS OF RAT ISLAND
Archaeologist Richard Osgood

The lives of those prisoners and explaining what it was like living on board the prison hulks in Portsmouth.

Saturday 3pm • Sunday 11am
THE BLACK PRISONERS WHO FOUGHT FOR THE FRENCH
Abigail Coppis, curator at Portchester Castle

Abigail has overseen pioneering work on the skeletons of former black slaves from the Caribbean who ended up fighting for the French.

WATERLOO UNCOVERED

Get hands-on with Battle of Waterloo archaeology and hear about the work of this charity that is rewriting the history of one of the world’s most famous battles, while changing the lives of modern day soldiers and veterans.

Saturday 11am • Sunday 11am
FINDS HANDLING

Looking at artefacts and finds unearthed at Waterloo with the team.

Saturday 2pm
PHIL HARDING
Channel 4’s Time Team

Talking about his work with Waterloo Uncovered and what he has found.

Sunday 2pm
PETER GINN
Full Steam Ahead, BBC Historic Farm series

Discussing his work with Waterloo Uncovered and filming the project.