Officers:Living History Regulations
Living History Exhibit (LHE) Regulations
Issued Spring 2002
The responsibilities of the Living History Co-ordinator, as defined by the Code of Law (2Bvd):
“He shall have final responsibility for the image presented by the LHE and for ensuring, as far as is possible, the authentic portrayal of life at public displays involving the LHE. All members of the Society shall fall under his jurisdiction (within the CoL) whilst they are within the bounds of the LHE. He shall work closely with the AO in this regard, and may amend but not lessen the force of the rulings of the AO in these matters.”
Aims and Objectives
The Regia Anglorum Living History Exhibit exists to represent and demonstrate to the public snapshots of daily life, activities and crafts from the society's period of interest.
It educates the public and trains its members. As a result, it will necessarily change and grow, and these regulations will therefore be reviewed annually. The aims and objectives of the society with respect to living history are continuously to improve the quality of the exhibit, and thus enhance the reputation of Regia Anglorum in the field of Historical Re-enactment.
The regulations are written with this in mind.
- The LHE consists of a number of authentic tents, work shelters and fire covers. These are used as a ‘vehicle’ to display daily life, activities and crafts of Regia’s period.
- Tents will be of an authentic design for Regia’s period (but can be side-opening for the purpose of displaying their contents).
- Tents will be open throughout public hours and must be appropriately dressed. For those wics with a number of tents, with the agreement of the LHE Coordinator, one tent may be kept closed as a storage tent.
- Workshelters/firecovers have no authentic model. They should be of a simple design so as not to detract from the overall site image. It is the contents that should stand out for public scrutiny.
2. Roping off
- The LHE must have a physical barrier between the exhibits and the public, which should be placed in such a way as to
- Enclose all obstacles such as guy ropes & pegs.
- Place all moveable items of LHE equipment beyond arms length of the public.
- Each wic must provide its own ropes and pins/stakes (or other acceptable barrier) sufficient to seal off both the front and rear of their exhibit.
- Where possible the LHEC should arrange to have the LHE roped off by the client, with two entrances. This will enable the LHE to be sealed off to the public when closed.
- Many sites are archaeologically sensitive and firepits are not allowed. In these cases fires must be in a container and raised above the ground. Fireboxes and altar fires are both acceptable.
- Members should check permissible constructional materials/techniques with the LHEC before committing money to their fire containers.
- There must be a container of water next to them and a fire extinguisher nearby.
- Fires must always be attended.
- An unattended fire may be extinguished by the LHEC or deputy
4. Conduct on the LHE
- The LHE is open to the public throughout the day.
- Occupants must be operational from 30 mins before opening time. During this period the LHEC and deputies will inspect to make sure that everything and everybody is authentic and there are no anachronisms.
- All tents, unless specifically authorized to be closed, must be open and appropriately dressed.
- Those people talking to the public must be competent to do so. If they are not able to answer a question they should be able to indicate someone who is. Regia must not misinform the public.
- Members of Regia on the LHE should be aware of and ready to engage with the public at all times. Members should take care not to exclude the public, either physically (eg by forming closed circles) or verbally (eg by discussing last night’s TV amongst themselves).
- Although the LHE is open all day, it does not mean that everyone is to be there throughout. Most wics have sufficient people to enable some to have time off during the day.
- Only members of Regia in full kit may be within the roped-off areas of the LHE during public hours.
- Children on the LHE are the sole responsibility of their parents/guardians
- Foul language is not acceptable
- Smoking and the consumption of alcohol are not permitted anywhere within the confines of the LHE during public hours.
- Any person not complying with these regulations shall be required to leave the LHE.