Until we get that time machine, some historical re-enactments

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Until time machines are finally on sale at local supermarkets, we can make do with the popular pastime of historical re-enactment, and watch history lovers mess about with fake guns and oil lamps.

When, oh when, will the general populace have access to time machines? Sure, the CIA and MI6 are having their fun with them, changing the course of history behind our backs, but what about the rest of us? Where are our DeLoreans? Where are our flux capacitors?

Until time machines are finally on sale at local supermarkets, we can make do with the popular pastime of historical re-enactment, and watch history lovers mess about with fake guns and oil lamps.

Gettysburg Reenactment
Photo: Michał Kołodziejski
Gettysburg Reenactment
Photo: sabianmaggy
Gettysburg Reenactment
Photo: sabianmaggy

Battle of Gettysburg – Pennsylvania, USA

The most important battle of the American Civil War was at Gettysburg in 1863, when the South’s General Lee was prevented from invading any further into the North’s territory. The annual re-enactment here holds the record for most participants, with between 20,000 and 50,000 taking part each year. They really just love history, those Americans.

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Old Tailem Town – South Australia
Photo: Eulinky
Old Tailem Town – South Australia
Photo: Eulinky
Old Tailem Town – South Australia
Photo: Eulinky

Old Tailem Town – South Australia

Somewhere off the Great Ocean Road and a mere 90km away from Adelaide, sits Old Tailem Town, the largest pioneer village in Australia.

OTT (seems like an apt abbreviation) recreates the pioneering spirit of the early 20th century in Australia, with original rickety buildings spread across 13  streets of dust and DEET.

Jane Austen Festival, Bath
Photo: daz smith
Jane Austen Festival, Bath
Some young “Janes” at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath. Photo: daz smith
Jane Austen Festival, Bath
Some of the dashing participants, hopefully a George Wickham-type is not among them. Photo: daz smith

Jane Austen festival – Bath, England

Okay, so maybe it’s not particularly historic, and actually just literary, but come on – lovers of Mr Darcy can be surrounded by several hundred incarnations of him.

You’ll never see so much swooning anywhere else. Austen’s books were all set in the late 18th and early 19th century and the festival lovingly recreates an idyllic snapshot of this era’s English gentry life.

(Featured image: MsSaraKelly)

Until we get that time machine, some historical re-enactments was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Adam Zulawski