Mendlesham Heritage Day - History Re-eactment Workshop

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Mendlesham Heritage Day
St Mary's church, Mendlesham is the only parish church to still hold its Parish arms and armour and is thought to date back to the reign of Queen Mary. There was no standing army in England and a law laid down during her reign compelled each parish to provide arms, armour and trained men to defend the country should there be an invasion.
The Armoury Facelift Project plans to improve the interpretation, conservation and display of the armoury for future generations. The proceeds of the Heritage Day at the time of writing are £5,000. Thanks to all that attended and contributed.

1588 - Preparing for an invasion
May 2024
As part of the Parish's Heritage Day, we represented the calling to arms of the parish trained men. With a small cannon, we gave children a chance for (non-firing) gun drill, along with a servant to the Deputy Lieutenant explaining the procedure for the gathering of the local men for training. And some local good women to give their perspective on their men being taken away for training and the potential of a forthcoming invasion.
We are a small but nationally based interpretation group, covering Tudor and Stuart domestic life. Founded in 1985, we have been recreating historic families in first person, to give visitors of historic houses an educational and memorable visit.
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We specialise in turning an old house into a home, bringing a Tudor or Stuart family to life, to fully interact with your visitors.
We can also offer a range of variations around the same period, depending on what you have available.
We are always keen for new people to come and join us. As we recreate domestic life, we're open to all. No previous experience or in depth knowledge is required. The 'Workshop' in our title is all about training our members.
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History Re-enactment Workshop
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