Historical Hereford Day 2013 was a great success, thanks in part to the fact that it was sunny with not a drop of rain! While the theme still remained “historical” and was a diverse offer from early medieval through to the 1940’s, there was a strong Georgian theme to celebrate the bicentenary of the publication of Pride & Prejudice. So we had a collection of 19th century finery including Mr D’arcy and Elizabeth Bennett! The Pirates of the River Wye appeared throughout the event and visitors enjoying the Victorian and Edwardian experience on the Cathedral Close may well have been lucky to meet Queen Victoria herself! Castle Green was again the place for children to run around and enjoy the WW2 assault course, have a go on the bouncy castle, take part in lots of craft activities, enjoy the storytelling or watch the falconry displays and Sealed Knot. The medieval encampment on the adjacent Redcliffe Gardens, gave everyone the chance to look at life through a different lens and there was court-dancing from the Tudors plus arming the knight from the Hospitallers. Vintage teas, part of the vintage Fayre, gave visitors the chance to sit in the shade and enjoy a cup of fine tea, while the Scouts, with some very old Scouting costumes, helped children cook over camp fires and make kites. There was singing and teas at the Coningsby Museum, celebrating 900 years of the Order of St John, and a range of free fun in High Town, including more crafts and an arena featuring dance, music and other historical entertainment.
Now of course the challenge for the HHD team is to make next year’s event even better and as it is the centenary of the start of WW1, they will be working hard to ensure some of the event will be specifically created to commemorate this important year. The date for the diary is Saturday, 12 July, but it is hoped that again there will be a weekend of historical activities with an open-air theatre performance on Castle Green, Friday 11 July and some special activities across other sites on the Sunday.