What is living history and re-enactment?

American Civil War and Napoleonic - about living historyLiving History is a hobby combining elements of archeology, research, arts, crafts, martial skill (at times) and, of course, fun.

It is finding out what it meant to be a merchant, a convict, a farmer, a soldier, or a person of means (this list is not restricted) from any time and any location.

It is an attempt to simulate, or re-enact, life in another time – a very tangible and visual interpretation of aspects of social heritage.

It is a three-dimensional history lesson that is entertaining as well as educational; combining the art form of dramatic performance and the discipline of historic research. It is not a medium which accepts the mythology of the past.

Living history is widely used throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and North America as an integral form of historic interpretation. Its promotion as a recognised method of preserving elements of our cultural heritage is a significant objective for Queensland Living History Federation Inc.