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2000 YEARS OF HISTORY COMES TO LIFE AT THE COMMANDERY

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February 2016 10am – 5pm

See 2,000 years of history come to life at Worcester's Commandery on 13 and 14 February with a weekend full of ancient Greeks, Viking warriors, the two World Wars and much more.

Organised by The Commandery in partnership with The Worcester Re-enactors, more than 150 reenactors bring history to life with living history encampments, military drill displays, crafts and vintage vehicles, in one of Worcester's oldest and most beautiful buildings, most famously the Royalist Headquarters during the Battle of Worcester; the final and deciding battle of the English Civil War.

Over the weekend visitors to the Commandery can encounter indoor and outdoor entertainment including:

  • 17th century, Napoleonic, WWI and WWII encampments
  • Military and vintage vehicles
  • 1940s public house, The Wheatsheaf open all weekend
  • Elizabethan surgeon display with demonstrations of surgical techniques
  • Early Victorians – Soup Kitchen for the London poor
  • Period dance displays
  • Victorian Prize fighters

Living History in Worcester is part of the Love Worcester Heritage Festival; a week of events in heritage venues across the City.

Helen Large, Marketing and Events Manager at Museums Worcestershire said: “We are absolutely delighted to be hosting the Living History weekend at The Commandery. It is the perfect setting for 2000 years of history to come to life!

“We would like to thank all those involved, in particular The Worcester Re-enactors. A part of the Love Worcester Heritage Festival, Living History in Worcester is a key event in the city’s annual calendar and we look forward to welcoming residents and visitors from further afield.”

Brian Bullock from Worcester Re-enactors said: “The Living History event offers the chance to celebrate history in the heart of Worcester. The re-enactors all come along on a voluntary basis, are extremely enthusiastic about the period they portray and have a wealth of knowledge for visitors to tap into. Come along and join in!”

The event is free for all Commandery cardholders and for those who bring evidence that they pay their council tax to Worcester City Council.

For further information about the Living History at The Commandery event please visit www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk or see The Commandery's Facebook page.