Raising the Longhouse

Guest Post

Wulfthorpe Living History group has existed for a little more than two months now, but the organization has been coming together with uncanny speed. That’s largely thanks to the rather peculiar way the group formed from reenactors and history geeks who met through other Vikings Vinland groups or organizations such as the Society for Creative Anachronism and Wynmerestow, a Canadian branch of Regia Anglorum. Most groups start small, maybe three or four members; Wulfthorpe started off with more than a dozen people.

Wulfthorpe’s members each have their own specialties in Viking, Norman, and Saxon history and culture. The group is also lucky to have a broad range of skills and experience required to handle its administrative needs, so not only are there enough people to do all the behind-the-scenes work that makes a historical reenactment group run, they actually know what they’re doing. To top it all off, they have no shortage of clothes, tools, weapons, eating utensils and the like for living history exhibits. With events already lined up for this summer, they’ll need all the kit they can get.

You could learn a lot from these folks. In addition to combat shows, the group can show off ancient crafting techniques, like nalbinding and tablet weaving, and talk about everyday life in the Viking Age. You might be surprised by some of the things you find out.

Some of the Viking Age weapons the members of Wulfthorpe get to play with, including swords, axes, and spears.

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Una V. is an editor, writer, and artist. She researches Norse mythology and its relationship to Viking culture.

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