Archive for June, 2009

Resource: RE-ENACTMENT OF 18th CENTURY NAVAL LIFE IN THE UK

Here it’s raining cats and dogs, which is rather frustrating, as I planned to go swimming. Well, tomorrow then! If you’re as stuck at home just like me today, the following links might be of interest to you. They will be included in the next update of “Molly Joyful’s List Of Useful Resources”, and who knows – by then, you might already be out and about re-enacting!

RE-ENACTMENT OF 18th CENTURY NAVAL LIFE IN THE UK
(special thanks to “Grymm” for these)

Just how awesome is that?! It goes without saying that I’d join any of these within a heartbeat, ignoring my ship-phobia, if I had the chance!

THE SENIOR SERVICE

Senior Service is a historical re-enactment group, whose members aim to accurately portray members of the Royal Navy during the mid-eighteenth century, together with civilians of that time whose lives and trades were associated with the sea. We are one of the member groups of the re-enactment society Lace Wars, through whom we mainly participate in events commemorating the 1745-1746 Jacobite Rebellion and in other events linked to British history during the 1740s and 1750s (for example Britain’s colourful smuggling history).

THE HISTORICAL MARITIME SOCIETY

The Historical Maritime Society is a UK based historical research and re-enactment group recreating the Royal Navy.

Our main area of interest is the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. These were the exciting times around the year 1805 when Britain was threatened by Bonaparte and only the Royal Navy could prevent invasion from across the Channel. 1805 was the year when Britain’s greatest hero, Lord Horatio Nelson***, sailed off to his fatal encounter at Trafalgar. Our aim is to educate and inform about shipboard life in the time of Nelson, and to have fun doing it.

*** Miss Collingwood begs to differ:

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RE-ENACTMENT OF 18th CENTURY GENERAL LIFE

LACE WARS – THE SOCIETY OF 18th CENTURY RE-ENACTMENT

Lace Wars is made up of a number of regiments depicting both military and civilian life during the 18th Century.

Specialising in the period 1740-1760 and in particular the Jacobite rebellion, we stage events throughout the year at a number of historic sites in the UK.

THE MANNERED MOB

The Mannered Mob is the 18th Century Re-enactment Group that portrays civillian life between 1730 and 1760. We represent all levels of society from high to low, and our membership consists of both men and women who are primarily interested in civilian rather than military life in the mid 18th century.

PIRATES, BEWARE…

THE UK PIRATE BROTHERHOOD

The Brotherhood was founded as a Yahoo E-group in 2002 in order to enable Pirate Re enactors to communicate with each other.

There is obviously a limit of daily pageviews for the forum of that website if you’re not a member. But from the little I saw, it would be well worth joining.

And to make sure we’re not becoming to UK-centric, here’s one for you folks in the USA:

THE PIRATE BRETHREN PIRATE RE-ENACTORS

If you find this historical approach to piracy appealing we are always looking for new members. No experience is needed, just a willingness to learn, an open mind and above all… a desire to HAVE FUN!

Word to that!

6 June, 2009 at 7:42 pm 5 comments

TV Tip: “Garrow’s Law” – 18th century legal world comes to life (BBC)

This sounds very promising; even if the series itself shouldn’t be as good as I hope (my trust in Aunt Beeb is still strong…), we can certainly expect a lot of information and historical details. The preview reads to me very much like Channel4’s “City of Vice”, which I loved.

Here’s what the BBC has to say:

Fighting for justice…
18th century legal world comes to life in

Garrow’s Law

“(…) Andrew Buchan (Cranford, Party Animals), Alun Armstrong (New Tricks, Little Dorrit) and Lyndsey Marshall (Rome) star in a new four-part legal drama inspired by the life of pioneering barrister William Garrow on BBC One.

Garrow’s Law is set in the Old Bailey of Georgian London against a backdrop of corruption and social injustice and is based on real legal cases from the late 18th century.

Each one-hour episode begins with the investigation of a case sourced from the Old Bailey archives from the day, from rape and murder to high treason and corruption, and follows Garrow (Buchan) and his associate Southouse (Armstrong) working to uncover the truth or fight for justice.

In an age where the defence counsel acted in the minority of cases, the young Garrow championed the underdog and pioneered the rigorous cross-examination of prosecution witnesses that paved the way for our modern legal system of today.

“A gifted maverick, at times arrogant and with a burning sense of destiny, Garrow is driven to change the nature of the trial against a backdrop of social and political upheaval,” says Jamie Isaacs, Executive Producer, Twenty Twenty Television. (…)”

Well, if he says so – I’ll definitely tune in for that one!

3 June, 2009 at 10:27 pm 9 comments


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