Out of the History Books and onto the Battlefield: Barnet Medieval Festival

August 23, 2021

Photos taken by photographers Matthew Crosby, Alex Dingwell and Sue Underwood.

Medieval battles from the war of the Roses are bought to life in North London during Barnet Medieval festival, as people live and fight like they did more than 500 years ago. This is a lesson of history, as told outside of the classroom and on the battlefield. Barnet Medieval Festival in London is the only medieval festival of its kind and is dedicated to engaging people in the history of the Battle of Barnet. Fought on 14th April 1471, the Battle of Barnet saw Edward IV lead his Yorkist army to victory against the Lancastrian forces led by the Earl of Warwick. 

This year’s re-enactment will be held at Barnet Elizabethans RFC, Byng Road, Chipping Barnet on the weekend of 11th and 12th September 2021. However, this nearly wasn’t the case, and they nearly couldn’t go ahead. Reliant on donations and easing of restrictions, it was touch and go for a while for the organisers, who were keen to get it going as they already had to cancel the event in 2020 due to Covid. Luckily, they have continued to receive great support and public events are now allowed to take place. We were put in contact with the festival organisers to see where we could help.

EverythingCommunity Backs Battle of Barnet

We came across this project and were eager to support such a community driven project. Historical re-enactments do not exist to merely entertain, but to also educate. It is an attempt to bring the past into presence, to develop a feeling of ‘being there’ in participants by means of an immersive experience. That’s why we pledged to donate £750 towards the execution of the festival.

If you’re local to the area and would like tickets, you can purchase them here: https://barnet-medieval-festival.sumup.link/

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