Welcome to the Living History section of our website, dedicated to Living History Groups and Military Vehicle Trusts who support us – and the people who make it happen, the re-enactors and the vehicle owners.
Living history is an activity that incorporates historical items, activities and dress into an interactive presentation that seeks to give the observer and participants a real sense of stepping back in time and is used as an educational medium to educate the public about areas of history, such as clothing, weapons, vehicles and artefacts. Also to convey a sense of what it was actually like in the second world war.
During the year when we are open; normally from March through to October but at other times too. We are often visited by re -enactor groups from all over the country, who camp and put on demonstrations for the public as well as the MVT, who bring their vehicles. Normally at Smeatharpe but Dunkeswell too. So do keep a look out for announcements
Our living history colleagues love talking to the public about history and are a mine of information on their chosen subject.
We also welcome new groups, so if you would like to visit us as a group or would like to get involved in re-enacting, or if you have a military vehicle please do contact us
101st Parachute Infantry Re-Enactors on a training weekend at our heritage centre at Smeatharpe and above a member of the public gets to try on a parachute while receiving instruction !!
Round Canopy Parachuting Team UK (RCPTUK)
One of the groups we host is the RCPT UK. This is a group that not only looks the part, they also parachute over Normandy and Arnheim as well, in full combat gear. Quite a sight. Contact them for a full list of events and how to join. Find them on Facebook.
If you areinterested in having some photographs taken in and around our Airfields then you need to call us, we have a number of experienced photographers that can take some great pictures around our historical archaeology; why not give us a call on 07778 85 77 22