MORE than 2,000 years of history will come to life at The Commandery as part of the annual Love Worcester Heritage Festival.
From ancient Greeks to the Second World War, the festival’s popular ‘Living History’ event will take place at the historic city building from Saturday, February 18 to Sunday, February 26.
Organised by the Worcester Re-enactors, more than 200 group members will sweep visitors back into a journey through history, with Living History encampments, military drill displays, traditional craft demonstrations and vintage vehicles.
Visitors will be able to wield a pike like a Parliamentarian, receive their rations and discover forgotten children’s games, as well as enjoy indoor and outdoor entertainment, including Napoleonic, medieval and 17th Century encampments and a Victorian magic lantern show.
The Commandery, which was the Royalist Headquarters during the Battle of Worcester, is currently embarking on a major project which will focus on Worcester’s English Civil War story and open in the summer, thanks to funding from Worcester City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Charlie Fothergill, marketing officer for The Commandery, said: “The Living History weekend is our biggest event of the year, so we’re delighted to be hosting this exceptional weekend once again. We would like to thank all those involved, in particular the Worcester Re-enactors.”
Brian Bullock, a member of the Worcester Re-enactors, said: “The Living History event offers the chance to celebrate history in the heart of Worcester, and The Commandery is the perfect setting.
“The re-enactors all come along on a voluntary basis, are extremely enthusiastic about the period they portray and have a wealth of knowledge for visitors to tap into. So come along and join in.”
The event is free for all Commandery cardholders and for those who bring evidence that they pay their council tax to Worcester City Council.
Visit www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk for more information.