About Us

Dublin Living History Society has been set up to provide an opportunity for people to take part in the reenactment hobby whether it is in the form of crafts/livinghistory or combat.

Historical Reenactment...

Is a hobby in which people recreate aspects of a historical event or period.  It is something that can be of interest to people interested in
    • History and Heritage
      • Crafts and Living History
        • Combat and Martial Arts


 

Time Periods Covered
 
As a group we are interested in a number of time periods.  Some people concentrate on one of these time periods while others have active interest in two or more eras.
Examples include:
      • Early Medieval Ireland
        • Viking
          • Crusader
            • War of the Roses 
Combat Training
As a group we train in both reenactment specific fighting styles which are focused on safety and participation in larger scale battle recreations and western martial arts with the focus on individual skill and 1:1 combat
 
(We don't use weapons which involve black powder or have other similar legal complications.  However there are groups who do and we will be happy to point you towards them)

Our basic training is built around the skills required to be a safe and effective fighter in reenactment event style fighting.  This is the starting point for most of what we do.  If you start to train with us you can expect to learn the basics of body mechanics and movement, timing and distance - skills that apply across all weapons.  In general we start training people with the spear and then move on to train with the sword, axe, glaive etc.

Fighting Styles 

There are a number of fighting styles appropriate for historical reenactment.  We cover most at different times and depending on the interest of members

  • Traditional reenactment: This is focused around larger scale events and having a competitive edge while working with limited target areas to ensure safety.  This is one of the main focuses of our training.
  • Display fighting:  This is a cross between the Traditional reenactment style and Stage combat - introducing  more flamboyance and planned structure to the fighting
  • Western Martial Arts:  This is using the weapons in the way that they are meant to be used based on interpretation of historical manuscripts.  This is something that we have become more involved in over the last while but we do keep it separate from the reenactment fighting.
  • Film Combat:  If you want to apply your training to the specific area of fighting for TV or film, we can help as our members have been in several shows and some are actively training in this area.  

 

Why join Dublin Living History Society?

We want this to be fun, to have a sense of comaraderie and enjoy being involved in this hobby

All members of the society are equal.  Once you have gone through the membership process and had your membership application accepted you are a full member of the society and can take as full a part as you like in running it.  Having said that, the nature of this hobby means that skills and experience are important, and if you want to be in charge of something you will need to show that you have the aptitude and persuade others to grant you the authority.

Helping to grow skills and knowledge.  One of our aims is to help members improve their knowledge and understanding of the time periods that interest them.  This does not mean that we will do the work for you, but if you are willing to put some effort in we will help you, especially when it comes to avoiding the mistakes of interpretation that we have made in the past and learned from.

Making it easy to be involved.  Reenactment can be daunting in terms of the level of effort that seems to be required.  The fact that so many people put so much into it does not help dispel this notion.  We want to help people with limited time to have some level of involvement in the hobby as well as helping those who have a deeper interest to be involved in a way that best utilizes their energy.    

Clear Guidelines and Structure.  Some people like structure, some do not.  We have tried to find the balance.  We have guidelines that are intended to make it clear as to the standards of behaviour, knowledge and equipment that are expected of people.  This is intended to facilitate new members while ensuring that the high standards of more experienced members are not compromised in the process