Oltramar is a historical display focusing on the lifestyles and culture, equipment and accoutrements of the European nobility who settled on Cyprus in the late 12th– early 13th Century. The Oltramar group chose to examine this place and era because during that time Cyprus became a major trading base between the Holy Lands, North Africa and Europe, resulting in a melting pot of European, Byzantine and Islamic culture and goods, and thus making it a very interesting and flamboyant place to study.
Particular attention is paid to maintaining a high standard of equipment and knowledge through intensive research and reconstruction, in all of Oltramar’s displays. Most of their clothing and equipment has been handmade by members and, as far as possible, all items are as historically accurate as they can make them. This ensures the group’s public displays are instructive and stimulating, also creating a deeper understanding of the period through hands-on experience.
The Oltramar group’s aim is to extend an enjoyable and educational experience to the public at events like the Abbey Medieval Festival, History Alive and St Ives Medieval Faire, through practical reconstructions and displays of equipment and skills from a variety of cultures, to promote research and public interest in the period through means of quality displays, and in doing so, flesh out the dry bones of written history by bringing at least a small part of it to life.