Thank you for your interest in Buckingham's Retinue!
Buckingham’s Retinue is made up of families and individuals with a keen interest in the Late Medieval (late 15th Century) and early Tudor eras. We form one of the more historically accurate re-enactment societies, with authenticity at the heart of all we do. We are members of both Livery and Maintenance and the Wars of the Roses Federation.
Our members try to bring history to life through a variety of means. We concentrate on the volatile times of the Wars of the Roses and the intrigue of the the reign of Henry VIII
The members of Buckingham's Retinue have wide ranging interests and skill sets which they love to demonstrate and/or talk about with visitors to your site. They include medieval barber surgery, dyeing, spinning, weaving, woodworking, games, hunting, black powder and bullet making. Please note that attendance at events for our members is purely voluntary, therefore we can not guarantee that any particular skill will be represented. However, there are certain skills that are widespread within the Retinue and are therefore more likely to be represented. These include cookery, archery, bill fighting, sempstress, music and dancing and black powder use.
We can put on a wide ranging style of events tailored to your requirements. Many of the following elements can be combined to create your perfect event:
At your event weekend our members will perform to the schedule that we will have agreed with you in advance. This will typically have timetabled slots on the hour, but our members will interact with the public throughout the day. We aim to educate, entertain and inform the visitors to your site whilst ensuring they are having fun throughout the whole day.
Buckingham's Retinue normally operate from a tented encampment, therefore we will require 24 hour access to toilets plus wood and water, and a reasonably flat area to set up. If, however, it is more appropriate for your site we can use the buildings to sleep in and make them 'authentic' for use in the daytime.
Our past employers have included:
We have also undertaken film work for BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5, and as part of umbrella groups for Sky TV, and taken part in historic events such as the re-interment of Richard III
We receive positive feedback and regular repeat bookings from event organisers
'For our Medieval event in 2012 Buckingham's Retinue provided us with a comprehensive medieval encampment and range of displays from weapons demonstrations to medieval games. Our museum aims to provide great value for visitors of all ages. Buckingham's Retinue meet this perfectly; striking the balance right between audience participation, historical accuracy and exciting action, giving all of our visitors an entertaining hands on experience with the past. Buckingham's Retinue really brought the site to life and can recommend them for any medieval living history event that requires lively and engaging reenactors that will draw a large crowd.' Adam Macro Collections Manager Denny Abbey and the
Farmland Museum, Cambridgeshire
We are covered by a public liability insurance policy, and have a comprehensive set of risk assessments for our activities. Both are available for review. We will of course work with you to ensure that any particular circumstances of your site are taken into account.
Buckingham's Retinue is a not for profit organisation. However we do charge for our services. Our fee will depend upon the style of event and the range of the content that you require. Contact us at the address below for a quote.