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Anyone Can Take Part

You don’t need to be a historian to join in, and it’s lots of fun!

Who are we?

Fox’s outside the Black & White House Museum in Hereford

We are all volunteers with no special qualifications, other than a keen interest in history. Our hobby is fun, family friendly and we’re very social. Our group contains children, students, nurses, teachers, project managers, drivers, civil servants and a couple of historians and archaeologists.

Do I need anything?

You don’t need any kit to start with. We have spare clothing and equipment and if you enjoy the experience then we will help you find good sources for what you need to carry on having fun.

How do I find out more?

Talk to one of us, we’re always happy to explain things and help people try new things. If you want to join in then you can either

  1. email and we’ll send you details.
  2. fill in the form below, please let us know how many of you there are and what interests you most about joining in so that we can make sure that we are as helpful as possible!
  3. Find us on Facebook and chat there


Writing Good Living History Characters for Re-enactors

This second post in the living history series is on creating good living history characters.  The previous blog post was on the five steps for scripting living history events, of which creating your living history characters is the fifth step. Living history events are a sort of promenade theatre with a lot of improvisation. Re-enactors …

Scripting Living History for Re-enactors – in Five Steps

It has been quite a while since I was last involved in scripting living history for an event. It has also been a while since I attended one, but I spent this weekend at the ECWS living history site at Newport Pagnell. The ECWS living history has come on a long way over the last few years. There …

Bolsover Castle Under Siege

I spent the weekend laying siege to Bolsover Castle as part of the 17th century Army of Parliament. It was a lot of fun, and quite a busy couple of days. The best bit though was definitely seeing lots of old friends again. Bolsover Castle event Shortly after the battle of Marston Moor in July …

Write for John Fox

Anyone can write for John Fox, all we ask is that it is relevant to the period and is a contribution to our understanding of life in Britain during the 17th century or how to re-enact it. Any relevant content is welcome.

What to write for John Fox

The primary topic 17th Century living history. We take a broad view of that, anything potentially relevant to that is likely to be accepted. This could include an analysis of the causes of a civil war, an overview of what happened, a biography of a key person, an account of a key event, or some other facet of history from the period. We also like reviews of books, movies and TV programmes about or set in the 17th century. It helps us to know what is worth reading or watching.

If in doubt have a browse and see what has already been published. If that doesn’t help enough then please ask (see form below).

What we want is:

  • your own work, we cannot publish anything that has been plagiarised
  • work that shows its references and sources (so that others can go find out more if they are interested, and to acknowledge where you have built on the work of others)

How to write for John Fox

There are two options for members to get material on the blog.

1. If you are happy to use wordpress you can have an account as a contributor, which allows you to draft the post yourself and it will be reviewed before it is published (so we can tidy up formatting, add links, tags and pictures).

2. You can contact us to put the material online for you. I’ll automatically create a contributor account for people so that the posts have the correct author attribution, but you don’t need to login and write your own if you don’t want to.