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Below are some of the living history groups who have attended Battleground!

American Civil War Society

The American Civil War Society (ACWS) was formed in 1975 and has been going from strength to strength ever since. We have strong connections with American Civil War re-enactors from all over the world. The Society provides an absorbing hobby for its members, excellent entertainment for its audiences and a focal point for the weekend events and venues where it appears. We aim to give an exciting, colourful, noisy spectacle that we hope is both enjoyable to watch as well as being very informative.

68th Durham Light Infantry

We are a small group of living historians and the society’s main aim is to recreate the 68th in 1814.  We also formed a group covering the 1758-1768 period to mark the 250th anniversary of the regiment, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  As well as these periods, we also cover the SYW and WWII, portraying the life and times of a soldier on active and home service as well as showing the roles of others affected by a soldiers life, from camp followers through to normal civilians.  More info about us can be found on our website.


Led and founded by William Mckenzie, a seasoned re-enactor, the group ‘Vanguard’ are a North-Eastern based medieval battle re-enactment group, operating out of Hartlepool but enjoying battle events throughout the UK.

The group re-enacts the battles and combat of the medieval period, primarily taking up the arms and armour of 13th century England. However, with the group meeting and practicing every week – and due to the style of medieval weapons and armour – the group is physically equipped to adapt and enjoy participating in battle events set from early 11th century to mid-14th century.  More info can be found on our website.

La Columna

La Columna is a UK based re-enactment group commemorating and celebrating the international volunteers who went to fight alongside the Spanish people in their defence against Fascism during the Spanish Civil War. La Columna is a non-party-political organisation but with strong sympathies for the Spanish Republican cause of the late 1930s.

British East India Company

The British East India Company will be bringing history alive!  The EIC was originally formed to share in the East Indian spice trade and became so successful it even had its own private army.  Come along and find out what life was like to be a civilian dealing with the trading company as well as a soldier's life in the Bengal grenadiers light company.  We will also have a book-signing so come a long and receive a book and meet the Author. 

​God save the King!

Hawtin's Military Anecdotes

Either Dhofar War 1971 or Falklands War 1982, showcasing weapons, uniforms and personal kit as well as a life-size uniformed mannequin.  Some kit can be worn by the visitors to experience the soldiers load.

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