Festival of History 2009 by WyrdLight
Festival of History - 2009- Kelmarsh Hall
EH held their first national Festival of History in 2003. I've attended them from 2004 variously at Stoneleigh Park, Kirby Hall and Kelmarsh in British downpours and tropical heat. The events have evolved providing much more than set piece battles. Notably among re-enactor families more children attend and many combatants are of a younger age making military scenarios more realistic. There is a long history of the deeds of women warriors. Many more are appearing in their own historical right and as actors in "male roles".

Festival of History 2009 Albums ~~~ Click On Thumbnails For Albums
PreC20 Groups
Pre-C20. Groups and trios.
C20. Groups, parades, trios and couples.
C20 Groups
PreC20 Couples
Pre-C20. Images of pairs and couples.
C20 Portraits and individuals.
C20 Individuals
PreC20 Women
Pre C20 Women. The thumbnail shows an artisan jeweller.
Do Camels choose owners that have similar expressions?
PreC20 Men
Pre C20 Men. The thumbnail shows a fletcher.
Tank attack! The Festival set piece finale.
Skipping. Created fun & look at the height of those jumps!.
The Red Cross, medics, nurses, volunteers
Red Cross
Family Coultas. At the festival every year - the whole family living the life. Fantastic.
The Resistance.
Ed Simpkins requested a couple of photos. He's a true mercenary - will fight any battle any time!
Some Groups from the Grand Parade

Amelie and Father find a Ladybird. Amelie lives among knights and courtly ladies. See her world at:
The Paladins of Chivalry - Click Here


The number of themes and events run in parallel mean any images portray only a limited glimpse of the Festival and perhaps reflect the interests of the photographer. The number of photographs created over a weekend by the audience is enormous. Here is my contribution of about 350 pictures. Images of some groups may be spread over several albums.
Mostly these images attempt to capture historic scenes without the C21 intruding. I'm fascinated by the faces of actors and the cameos you create. I now recognise some of you by sight and not just from prior appearances at the FH, but from other events too.

See "Images for Re-enactors". My email details are here: Contact Antony McCallum.