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17th Century
Other Trayned Band Regiments

  • The Blew Regiment of the Cittie of London Trayned Bandes — UK based, they also re-enact a trained band during the period 1642 to 1647. They are part of the Sealed Knot’s Cittie of London Brigade
  • The Tower Hamlets Trayned Bandes — based on Captain Leonard Leonards’ Company (East Smithfield and St Katharine’s) of the Tower Hamlets Trained Bands, near the Tower of London. Cover the period 1642 to 1645, part of the Sealed Knot’s Cittie of London Brigade.
  • Gardiner’s Company — the Southwark London Trayn’d Bandes — a UK based sixteenth century Elizabethan Trained Band from the other side of the river. Compare their equipment and weapons with our latest fashions.
  • The Tattershall Trayned Band — a US based group re-enacting one of the country Trained Bands mustering at Tattershall Castle in Lincoln. The castle was garrisoned by Parliament for most of the civil wars, but was captured by the Royalists briefly in 1643. They do a side line of Elizabethan period and the Scottish Border Reivers as well.

English Civil War Groups

  • The English Civil War Society — aim of the UK based English Civil War Society is to stimulate interest in the authentic re-creation of seventeenth century military and civil life.
  • The Sealed Knot — the oldest Engish Civil War re-enactment society in the UK, they present both the Royalist and Parliamentary sides, primarily focusing on the period after the raising of he New Model Army in 1645.

Musea and Collections
United Kingdom

  • Royal Armouries — The United Kingdom’s National Museum of Arms and Armour, one of the largest collections of arms and armour in the world. Some of the items in their collection has been there since well before 1642.
  • Museum of London — The eponymous Museum, covering the history of the city from when it was a muddy bend in the river through to today.

Rest of Europe

  • Vasa Museum — the Swedish warship the Vasa sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. The museum interprets the construction, sinking and attempted salvage of the ship in the context of the culture and politics.
  • Swedish History Museum — history of the Thirty Years’ War and home of the Swedish Cultural Ensemble


  • Australian National Maritime Museum — located in Sydney, has hosted visits of the Batavia (1629), Duyfken (1606) among others.
  • Western Australian Maritime Museum — Home of the Batavia artefacts. A trading vessel owned by the VOC (Dutch East India Company) which crashed into an island just off the west coast of Australia on June 4, 1629.

The Americas

  • Jamestown Rediscovery — Jamestown Island, Virginia, settled in 1607 was the first permanent English colony in North America. Dig reports, reproductions and discussion of the discovery of and culture in the fortified town.
  • Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts — is a collection of items belonging to the Puritan settlers of North America, most date from 1620 to 1650

Living History Locations and Museums

  • The 1642 Living History Village, Fareham, Hampshire, England — a living history villiage where, just like us, it’s always 1642.
  • Mary Arden’s Farm, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England — A living history museum at the real Tudor farm and house where Shakespeare’s mother, Mary Arden, grew up.
  • Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Glamorgan, Wales — a Manor House restored and furnished as it would have been in 1645, staffed by interpreters taking the Royalist side of the conflict.
  • Plas Mawr, Conwy, North Wales — an Elizabethan town house, built between 1576 and 1585, furnished and decorated according to an inventory of the contents in 1665. Many of the items are original to the house.
  • Plimoth Plantation, Massachusetts, USA — a re-creation of the small farming and maritime community in 1627, built by the Pilgrims along the shore of Plymouth Harbor. They also have a ship, the Mayflower II.
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Wanamaker Jacobean Playhouse, Bankside, London — a reconstruction of the late Elizabethan Globe Theatre, more or less on the site of the Rose Theatre, and a Jacobean playhouse presenting early modern in historical clothing and staging and some more modern works.

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