In pictures: Meet the re-enactors who bring history to life

On weekdays they are IT experts, salesmen and cuddly grannies, but at weekends they become warriors. Meet the people bringing history to life through re-enactment societies.

Friday, 10th January 2020, 1:05 pm
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 4:07 pm
Regia Anglorum reenactment society during their first event at Fort Nelson in July 2019. Credit: Jenn Peters
Regia Anglorum reenactment society during their first event at Fort Nelson in July 2019. Credit: Jenn Peters

Next time you’re in a big green field or perhaps a forest, don’t be surprised if you bump into a Victorian rifleman or an Anglo-Saxon warrior.For according to re-enactment societies, an increasing number of history-lovers from this area are joining up. And new members are being taught ancient skills and taken to foreign battlefields.

Regia Anglorum reenactment society during their first event at Fort Nelson in July 2019. Credit: Jenn Peters
Portsmouth resident Martin Newman, 57, has been attending reenactment society events for 11 years.

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Regia Anglorum reenactment society during their first event at Fort Nelson in July 2019. Credit: Jenn Peters
Portsmouth resident Martin Newman, 57, has been attending reenactment society events for 11 years.
Portsmouth resident Martin Newman, 57, has been attending reenactment society events for 11 years.
Portsmouth resident Martin Newman, 57, has been attending reenactment society events for 11 years.
Regia Anglorum reenactment society during their first event at Fort Nelson in July 2019. Credit: Jenn Peters
Regia Anglorum reenactment society during their first event at Fort Nelson in July 2019. Credit: Jenn Peters
Regia Anglorum reenactment society during their first event at Fort Nelson in July 2019. Credit: Jenn Peters
Portsmouth resident Martin Newman, 57, has been attending reenactment society events for 11 years. Picture: Mike South 2016. [email protected]
Portsmouth resident Martin Newman, 57, has been attending reenactment society events for 11 years.
Regia Anglorum reenactment society during their first event at Fort Nelson in July 2019. Credit: Jenn Peters
Portsmouth resident Martin Newman, 57, has been attending reenactment society events for 11 years. Picture: Mike South 2016. [email protected]
Portsmouth resident Martin Newman, 57, has been attending reenactment society events for 11 years.
Members of the The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment Re-enactment Society, who are due to stage an event at Fort Nelson in February. Pictures courtesy of Fort Nelson.
Members of the The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment Re-enactment Society, who are due to stage an event at Fort Nelson in February. Pictures courtesy of Fort Nelson.