This will be an attempt to sum up an event involving thousands of people spread over several zones on two days of military heritage commemoration and festival … in a few pictures. It’ll be inadequate but it might give you a flavour of the biggest event we have ever hosted at Naseby. It was not without its hiccups but most people seem to have been blown away by its passion, richness and sheer size.
Sealed Knot camps spread around the village, with an exhibition site and Living History on Mill Hill, adjacent to the battlefield … and a dedicated field for reenacting the main fight. There were events in the village on both days … march throughs recreating the celebrated events of the approach to battle – columns clattering through the village, hastily abandoned meals, commanders marshalling their troops.
On Sunday morning the sun shone on a moving drumhead service commemorating the sacrifice on both sides in the struggle for Parliamentary liberties. Later, at 3pm on Mill Hill, tea was served as part of a national network of events celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.
In the Mill Hill exhibition pavilions we were joined by The Northampton Battlefields Society, Helion Books, David Lanchester, Phoenix Gaming Club, The Battlefields Trust, The Friends of Kettering art Gallery and Museum, Kettering Civic, poet Clare Mulley, the artists of KDAS and photographer Sebastian Nevols. Thanks to all of them for their support. A broad mix of local groups, heritage champions, families, artists and photographers
As well as the wargames, we had model layouts of Northamptonshire’s key battles, Naseby and Northampton …
… and on Sunday, Naseby Project patron, Earl Spencer cleverly avoided the VIP network in order to come over to the exhibition area and meet the exhibitors and visitors (above, signing and dedicating a copy of his book on the regicides, The killers of the King, for an appreciative reader).
Authentic displays and weapons drills for youngsters were complimented by live music and revelry for reenactors and guests from the village, trade and exhibitions on the Saturday night.
Well, that might just give an impression of this massive event. Inevitably, as host of the exhibition and visitor zone on Mill Hill, I couldn’t get round and record all this myself, so I am really grateful to all the photographers who have shared their pictures vis social media. This would not just be Naseby’s biggest event, but also its best documented.
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