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The University of Birmingham Battle Re-enactment Society has for the last 15 years been open for anyone to join and learn how to fight like a medieval warrior, both safely and whilst looking good. We practice twice a week with a mixture of contact-based competetive and dramatic 'show fighting' activities. Hone your skills as a medieval warrior and learn to fight with a variety of weapons, such as maces, axes, swords, spears, bows and long-axes, all blunted and safe for use in our training sessions. As well as fighting, we also run craft sessions once a fortnight to make and repair combat equipment and authentic garments.
We participate in re-enactments across the country, such as the epic Battle of Hastings and Battle of Evesham re-enactments, as well as smaller shows nationwide where we put on combat displays for the public. Our period stretches from 1066 - 1265; in the past we've portrayed Normans, Crusaders, Saracens and Angevins. At the majority of these shows, we partake in a 'living history' display, where we portray the inhabitants of a medieval encampment all day. When the day's display is over, you can usually find us around a campfire singing songs and having a good time!
We also visit re-enactment trade fairs and heritage sites across the country, so history lovers will feel right at home! We also host film nights during term time and go for our annual christmas meal, so there's plenty of chances to make new friends.
To get involved, come along to one of our sessions; the timetable for our training sessions can be found in our Facebook group. Your first session is always free and no previous fighting experience or historical knowledge is required - just turn up wearing something comfortable... preferably something with long sleeves! Our Instagram @uob_batsoc is where you can keep up to date with what we are up to in term-time and during the show season.
For further information, contact us at our email address firstname.lastname@example.org or message a committee member on Facebook.