Living in the Past

Historical re-enactments and living history are a popular way for engaging the public with the story of past cultures. Whether it is demonstrations of battles and warfare, food, costume or crafts, the process of living history can allow people to gain a real and tangible sense of what life was like in the past. Ireland is fortunate to have a number of living history societies and organisations. One of the largest, Déise Medieval, were integral to the Viking Heritage Day Heritage Week event at Woodstown, on the outskirts of Waterford City. We took the opportunity to chat with some of the re-enactors to discover how they got involved in living history and how it has shaped their view of the past.

In this edition of the Amplify Archaeology Podcast Neil was joined by Denise Colbert (Déise Medieval), Jessica de Burca (Montague Heritage Services), Dolores Kearney (UCD School of Archaeology), Kate Gwilliam (Vikings UK), Paul Kavanagh (Leix Vikings), Ayanna Raiha, Maria Kraing, Clare Horgan (Déise Medieval). Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to speak with me on a very busy day!