The Spectacular Malmesbury Living History Weekend

Thank you to Malmesbury

Read Sue Poole’s thank you to everyone for a great weekend event here.

On Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th June 2014, our beautiful town of Malmesbury was the stage for a spectacular living history weekend event showcasing daily life in the 17th century. Exciting historical events were re-enacted from the civil war period when the town changed hands seven times! 

More than 200 professional re-enactors ‘took over the town’ dressed in costume of the day and presented a variety of true to life activities including 17th Century market stalls, ‘guards’ posted at the High Street gates and muster & drill demonstrations in the Cloister Gardens. The highlights of the weekend were re-enactments of the 1644 skirmish, performed by the outstanding Civil War Society’s regiment of Colonel Nicholas Devereux’s Regiment of Foote and the Marquis of Winchester’s Regiment.

The date for the weekend was chosen to coincide with 14th June 1644, 370 years ago, when Colonel Nicholas Devereux took up residence in Abbey House and garrisoned his Regiment of Foote in the town.

The first ever community project to bring together resources from the Athelstan Museum, local schools, the Warden & Freemen, Malmesbury Town Council, Malmesbury Civic Trust and the Malmesbury & District Chamber of Commerce; the Malmesbury Living History weekend’s re-enactors visited local schools and talked to students about life at the time and an ongoing educational package is planned for use in the Athelstan Museum’s educational outreach programme.

Souvenir Brochure


You can still buy your copy of our souvenir brochure, available at Malmesbury’s Tourist Information Centre & Museum. Includes a location map and timetable of the events.

Only £2.50

All profit from the sale of this souvenir brochure will be used towards an educational outreach programme through the Athelstan Museum, Malmesbury.

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