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‘Living & Fighting in the 17th Century’


Oct 20, 2016

THIS is the second day school, organised by the Battlefields Trust, Dorman Museum and Tees Archaeology as part of the HLF-funded River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership Project, looking at life in the North East during the period of the English Civil Wars.

Talks in the morning will deal with such topics as the war at sea and its importance to the North East, and the fascinating analysis and findings of forensic archaeologists at Durham University on skeletal remains believed to be those of Scottish soldiers captured at the Battle of Dunbar in 1651 and imprisoned in Durham Castle.

The afternoon session will be led by experienced re-enactors from Sir Arthur Erskine’s Regiment of Foot, an independent re-enactment group, specialising in the period 1638 – 1653 (The Wars of the Three Kingdoms).

The group represents a Scots Covenanting regiment and have provided many events for Historic Scotland, English Heritage and other organisations at venues such as Edinburgh Castle, Dumbarton Castle, Caerlaverock Castle, Berwick Garrison and Newcastle Castle Keep.

They will be looking at female costume, military dress and weapons (edged and firearms, including a small cannon) of the period, finishing with a live firing of small arms (muskets and pistols) outside in the Museum grounds.

Please note that lunch will not be provided, there is a cafe in the museum and shops nearby. Alternatively you may eat sandwiches on the premises.

Entry for Battlefield Trust Members is free but must be booked.

There is a booking fee of £5 for this day to cover expenses and a cheque for this should be included with the booking form and made out to Middlesbrough Borough Council.

The booking form and cheque should be sent to ECW Day, Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough TS5 6LA

For more Information about River Tees Rediscovered: http://riverteesrediscovered.org/frontpage/index.php

For Tees Archaeology and the Archaeology of the area: http://www.teesarchaeology.com/

For the Battlefield Trust: http://www.battlefieldstrust.com/

For the Dorman Museum: http://dormanmuseum.co.uk

By Emily