Plymouth University Re-enactment Society aims to introduce students to both history and the world of historical re-enactment. Originally formed from the university’s Viking Society, we decided to branch out into other areas of history to allow our members to pursue a wider range of historical periods. PURS offers our member the opportunity to both experience and partake in living history and historical combat, with strong links to local re-enactment groups in Plymouth, as well as groups across the south-west and Britain, who cover everything from the Viking age to the late Medieval period, so can choose whichever suits your interests most. Additionally, if you’re interested in something outside of the time periods we currently offer, we aim to put you in touch with a re-enactment group that will do what you want to do!
Over the summer months, re-enactment events attended by our members happen all over the country, ranging from sieges with hundreds of people to smaller, calmer events. We will be organising transport for people to get to and from events over the summer, where possible. For the rest of the year, our members both run and attend regular training with the local re-enactment groups, Historia Normannis Plymouth and Drengskapt Hird, where you can learn to fight or pursue an authentic craft. Additionally, we hold regular feasts throughout the year, where members convene to relax, eat, drink and be merry, and take the opportunity to discuss matters within the society. We also regularly meet up as friends running socials such as bowling, cinema socials and day trips to castles.