Live History Live

Friday 28th June – Sunday 30th June 2019

In addition to our talks and debates, and our acres of Living History encampments, our ‘Live History Live’ programme will be providing 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.

Across 4 locations, we bring history alive in an interactive and immersive way.

The Moot a ring at the heart of the living history encampment, which enables the audience to get up close and personal with the presenters and our living historians. The Field of the Cloth of Gold where our historians will demonstrate weaponry, and other aspects of the past over a wider area. Plus Hillman and Green Wood.

Weekend Timetable

Friday 28th June

6pm:

LHL 1. TUDOR COOKERY

In the age of exploration nothing was more exotic – and expensive – than spices from far-off lands. In this session, the Time Travelling Cook demonstrates the transformation of cuisine in the Tudor period. Expect a taste sensation!

LHL 2. TRADITIONAL IRON SMELTING

Traditional iron smelting has been practised since separating iron and ore was first discovered more than 3,000 years ago. It is still carried out even to this day in some remote parts of the world.  Here, in the Chalke Valley, we will be attempting this ancient and still unperfected process.

7pm:

LHL 3. HISTORY OF BREWING

Today we drink beer for pleasure, but traditionally it was the daily staple for everyone. In this demonstration we will be discussing the evolution of ale: how it is made, how it has changed over the centuries and how its taste has evolved.

Saturday 29th June

10am:

LHL 5. THE RISE AND FALL OF THE LONGBOW

The longbow was one of the most powerful hand-powered weapons ever invented with phenomenal penetrative force. So why did its use decline? In this session, we will demonstrate its capabilities, the training required for its use, and explain why it had all but left the battlefield by the end of the 16th century.

LHL 6. TIMBER BUILDING

For millennia, wood has provided a mainstay of our building construction. In this session, we will demonstrate, using wood from our site, the processes of shaping and jointing large timbers, from the beams to the pegs that hold them together.

11am:

LHL 7. HISTORY OF EXPLORATION – THE VIKING LONGSHIP

How did the Vikings manage to spread their culture quite so far? By pioneering shipbuilding techniques they sailed further than anyone had before. In this session we will demonstrate the sophistication of their shipbuilding technologies and their navigational art.

LHL 8. 1st SUFFOLK BATTALION IN NORMANDY – KIT COMPARISON

Just how different is today’s soldier from the Tommy fighting in Normandy in 1944? In this session our modern-day infantrymen from the Royal Anglians will compare both sets of uniforms, webbing and weaponry through a series of practical tests.

LHL 9. THRESHING AND BALING IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

The Second World War prompted a major agricultural revolution in Britain and nowhere was this more pronounced than in the introduction of mechanisation. Using tractor and steam power, this session will demonstrate the new efficiencies these brought to the harvest.

12pm:

LHL 10. 1759: LIFE IN THE GEORGIAN ARMY

Life on the campaign in Canada was not just about fighting. In this session, we will demonstrate day-to-day living from cooking to the toilet, to clothing and cleanliness as well as, of course, how soldiers fought and the tactics and weapons they used.

LHL 11. HOME FIRES – COOKING IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Although many foodstuffs were never restricted, the onset of rationing in early 1940 changed how and what people in Britain ate. We will show how households made their rations stretch, what became staples of the kitchen and how, with a bit of inspiration, wartime food could taste quite delicious!

LHL 12. TRACTORS IN THE CHALKE VALLEY IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

New and increasingly efficient tractors were introduced to Britain’s farms during the second world war, including those here in the Chalke Valley. This session will include demonstrations with wartime tractors that actually worked here in Broad Chalke during the war.

1pm:

LHL 13. SAXON COOKERY

In this session, we will demonstrate how cooking changed dramatically with the arrival of the Saxons here in Britain. From a mainly fish-based Romano-British diet to one that was more meat-based, this will be a chance to taste what we were eating back in the 6th century.

LHL 14. 1st SUFFOLK BATTALION IN NORMANDY – PLATOON ATTACK

Our present-day soldiers will demonstrate the differences but also many similarities of an infantry assault in 1944 compared with today, from the ‘O’ Group and planning to the execution. Real soldiers performing real wartime scenarios.

LHL 15. SHEEP SHEARING

Today, sheep are sheared with electrical clippers but for centuries this back-breaking task was carried out by individual shearers using age-old hand-held clippers. In this session, our experts will demonstrate this highly skilled and very ancient art.

2pm:

LHL 16.  THE STUART LADY’S TOILET

A lady in the Stuart court would be expected to dress incredibly elaborately. Clothes were ornaments and symols of status and it was impossible for a lady to dress without help. From her drawers to her courtly finery, we will demonstrate the rigmorale and process of dressing for court in the age of James I.

LHL 17. ACK-ACK FIRE!

There is only one US 90mm anti-aircraft gun in Britain today and it will be on show at the Festival, alongside its M4 high-speed tractor. In this session, we will demonstrate how it was used both in an anti-aircraft and anti-tank role. Remember to put your hands over your ears!

3pm:

LHL 18. WARS OF THE ROSES: ARMS AND ARMOUR

The Wars of the Roses were, in many ways, an arms race between plate armour and projectiles. In this session, we will demonstate how armour developed, its strengths and weaknesses, and some of the weapons used on the battlefield.

LHL 19. SHERMAN TANK

The workhorse of the Allied armies on D-Day and throughout the Normandy campaign, this is a change to get up close and personal as our experts discuss the unique features and attributes of the iconic Sherman.

LHL 20. THRESHING AND BALING IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

The Second World War prompted a major agricultural revolution in Britain and nowhere was this more pronounced than in the introduction of mechanisation. Using tractor and steam power, this session will demonstrate the new efficiencies these brought to the harvest.

4pm:

LHL 21. TUDOR COOKERY

In the age of exploration nothing was more exotic – and expensive – than spices from far-off lands. The Time Travelling Cook will demonstrate the transformation of cuisine in the Tudor period. Expect a taste sensation!

LHL 22. BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR

Naval historian Dr Sam Willis will need some volunteers for this practical, 3D demonstration of how the Battle of Trafalgar unfolded. Join this session and become a mighty ship of the line!

LHL 23. THE WOMEN’S LAND ARMY

We will explain the origins and development of the Women’s Land Army and will demonstrate how women played a vital role in feeding Britain during the war.

LHL 24. HISTORY OF EXPLORATION – NAVIGATION & CARTOGRAPHY

Continuing our exploration theme, we will demonstrate, using real historic instruments, how navigation and mapping techniques evolved over the centuries from Drake to Captain Cook and beyond.

LHL 25.  1stSUFFOLK BATTALION IN NORMANDY – ASSAULT WITH A TANK

Our modern-day soldiers demonstrate how combined operations happened in Normandy in 1944 by advancing towards an objective with the support of a Sherman tank.

Sunday 30th June

10am:

LHL 26. THE RISE AND FALL OF THE LONGBOW

The longbow was one of the most powerful hand-powered weapons ever invented with phenomenal penetrative force. So why did its use decline? In this session, we will demonstrate its capabilities, the training required for its use, and explain why it had all but left the battlefield by the end of the 16th century.

LHL 27. TIMBER BUILDING

For millennia, wood has provided amainstay of our building construction.  In this session, we will demonstrate, using wood from our site, the processes of shaping and jointing large timbers, from the beams to the pegs that hold them together.

11am:

LHL 28. HISTORY OF EXPLORATION – THE VIKING LONGSHIP

How did the Vikings manage to spread their culture quite so far? By pioneering shipbuilding techniques they were able to sail further than anyone had before. In this session, we will demonstrate the sophistication of their shipbuilding technologies and their navigational art.

LHL 29. 1stSUFFOLK BATTALION IN NORMANDY – KIT COMPARISON

Just how different is today’s soldier from the Tommy fighting in Normandy in 1944? In this session our modern-day infantrymen from the Royal Anglians will compare both sets of uniforms, webbing and weaponry through a series of practical tests.

LHL 30. THRESHING AND BALING IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

The Second World War prompted a major agricultural revolution in Britain and nowhere was this more pronounced than in the introduction of mechanisation. Using tractor and steam power, this session will demonstrate the new efficiencies these brought to the harvest.

12pm:

LHL 31. 1759: LIFE IN THE GEORGIAN ARMY

Life on the campaign in Canada was not just about fighting. In this session, we will demonstrate day-to-day living from cooking to the toilet, to clothing and cleanliness as well, of course, of how soldiers fought and the tactics and weapons they used.

LHL 32. HOME FIRES – COOKING IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Although many foodstuffs were never restricted, the onset of rationing in early 1940 certainly changed how and what people in Britain ate. In this session, we will demonstrate how households made their rations stretch, what became staples of the kitchen and how, with a bit of inspiration, wartime food could taste quite delicious!

LHL 33. TRACTORS IN THE CHALKE VALLEY IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

New and increasingly efficient tractors were introduced to Britain’s farms during the war, including those here in the Chalke Valley. This session includes demonstrations with wartime tractors that actually worked here in Broad Chalke during the war.

1pm:

LHL 34. SAXON COOKERY

In this session, we will demonstrate how cooking changed dramatically with the arrival of the Saxons here in Britain. From a mainly fish-based Romano-British diet to one that was more meat-based, this will be a chance to taste what we were eating back in the 6th century.

LHL 35. 1st SUFFOLK BATTALION IN NORMANDY – PLATOON ATTACK

Our present-day soldiers will demonstrate the differences but also many similarities of an infantry assault in 1944 compared with today, from the ‘O’ Group and planning to the execution. Real soldiers performing real wartime scenarios.

LHL 36. SHEEP SHEARING

Today, sheep are sheared using electrical clippers but for centuries this back-breaking task was carried out by individual shearers using age-old hand-held clippers. In this session, our experts will demonstrate this highly skilled and very ancient art.

2pm:

LHL 37.  THE STUART LADY’S TOILET

A lady in the Stuart court would be expected to dress incredibly elaborately. Clothes were ornaments and symols of status and it was impossible for a lady to dress without help.  From her drawers to her courtly finery, we will demonstrate the rigmorale and process of dressing for court in the age of James I.

LHL 38. ACK-ACK FIRE!

There is only one US 90mm anti-aircraft gun in Britain today and it will be on show at the Festival, alongside its M4 high-speed tractor. In this session, we will demonstrate how it was used both in an anti-aircraft and anti-tank role. Remember to put your hands over your ears!

3pm:

LHL 39. WARS OF THE ROSES: ARMS AND ARMOUR

The Wars of the Roses were, in many ways, an arms race between plate armour and projectiles. In this session, we will demonstate how armour developed, its strengths and weaknesses, and some of the weapons used on the battlefield.

LHL 40. SHERMAN

The workhorse of the Allied armies on D-Day and throughout the Normandy campaign, this is a chance to get up close and personal as our experts discuss the unique features and attributes of the iconic Sherman.

LHL 41. THRESHING AND BALING IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

The Second World War prompted a major agricultural revolution in Britain and nowhere was this more pronounced than in the introduction of mechanisation. Using tractor and steam power, this session will demonstrate the new efficiencies these brought to the harvest.

4pm:

LHL 42. TUDOR COOKERY

In the age of exploration nothing was more exotic – and expensive – than spices from far-off lands. The Time Travelling Cook will demonstrate the transformation of cuisine in the Tudor period. Expect a taste sensation!

LHL 43. BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR

Naval historian Dr Sam Willis will need some volunteers for this practical, 3D demonstration of how the Battle of Trafalgar unfolded. Join this session and become a mighty ship of the line!

LHL 44. THE WOMEN’S LAND ARMY

We will explain the origins and development of the Women’s Land Army and will demonstrate how women played a vital role in feeding Britain during the war.

5pm:

LHL 45. HISTORY OF EXPLORATION – NAVIGATION AND CARTOGRAPHY

Continuing our exploration theme, we will demonstrate, using real historic instruments, how navigation and mapping techniques evolved over the centuries from Drake to Captain Cook and beyond.

LHL 46.  1stSUFFOLK BATTALION IN NORMANDY – ASSAULT WITH A TANK

Our modern-day soldiers demonstrate how combined operations happened in Normandy in 1944 by advancing towards an objective with the support of a Sherman tank.

The 2018 LHL taster video

As well as as our Live Interactive Living History programme, we have a range of other Living History activities going on throughout the weekend.

D-Day Area

Where all our Second World War living history will be taking place.

Dig for Victory Garden

We shall be recreating a wartime kitchen garden, which the public will be able to see. Laid out with vegetables, flowers and other crops it will also feature a newly assembled and genuine Anderson shelter. Cookery demonstrations using only wartime rations will also be part of the festival weekend programme.

SOE Training Camp

SOE training was the subject of a highly acclaimed recent BBC television series, in which a group of contemporary men and women were taken through the original wartime course. Drawing on the knowledge and experience of several of those involved in making the TV series, we shall be setting up our own SOE training camp, and the public will have a chance to face challenges from the original training programme: in a tented classroom with wartime aptitude tests, with an unarmed combat course, and with our reconstruction of the assault course.

Overseeing SOE training will be Adrian Weale, both historian and current British Army officer and who played course commander in the BBC’s reality TV show, Secret Agent. He will be joined by several of those who were put through the training course for the series.

Second World War Trench

For the first time, the history festival will be recreating a World War II trench. Trenches were not only a feature of the First World War but were also created through the Second World War. In our scenario, it’s late June in Normandy in 1944. The British have been pressing southwards from the beachhead and are now to the west of the city of Caen. Having taken over defensive trench positions from the Germans they are anxiously holding the line in anticipation of a counter-attack by the 12th Waffen-SS ‘Hitler Jugend’ Division. Members of the public will be thrown into a fly-on-the-wall scenario that will demonstrate the equipment, conditions and dangers facing British troops on the Normandy front.

The Royal Anglians

We will be joined by over twenty current British Army infantrymen from the Royal Anglian Regiment who will be transformed into British infantry from 1944. Using their current skills, they will be demonstrating both what has changed in the intervening years and what has remained much the same with a series of events that will showcase equipment, weapons, tactics and infantry skills.

 Also displayed in the D-Day area will be an array tanks, guns and vehicles, all of which will be firing and operating throughout the festival week.