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April 10, 2010
Welcome to Living History Today. On this site I aim to share my fascination with everyday life in the past from the perspective of a practical multi period re enactor. It is slowly growing to span a wide range of centuries, skills and ideas.
It started because anyone can pick up a history book and find the clearly documented lives of the famous, but discovering how ordinary people lived is not as easy.  When I was teaching, it was never the important ‘facts’ that fascinated classes, but the details; what people ate, what their homes might have been like, and how they viewed the world. These are the sorts of issues that I hope to cover.
There won’t be that much on the fashions of the various periods for two reasons: there are already plenty of excellent resources available and several informative blogs, and also because for ordinary people fashion was not really an issue – the fact that ‘second best’ clothes are mentioned and passed on in wills indicates that until relatively recently in the nineteenth century clothes were worn until they wore out, not changed because they were no longer in fashion. What people wore in the country could lag decades behind the garments currently popular amongst fashionable londoners.
I do hope you enjoy cruising around the articles and would encourage you to explore different periods.
One Comment
  1. What a nice handy source of info, welldone!.

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