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Combat and Living History Guidelines

Postby brendan » Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:08 am

Based on some recent conversations it looks like the guidelines pack (available from the downloads section) is being missed by people.
The document was put together in 2000 and captures minimum safety standards across a broad range of activities. This really only covers pre-black powder so people dealing with that and later eras should look at their own special requirements.
If there are other areas that should be covered this can probably be addressed separately.

The direct link is http://livinghistory.ie/downloads/education/The%20Guidelines%20Pack.doc

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Re: Combat and Living History Guidelines

Postby Dave Mooney » Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:51 am

Having been part of some of those conversations, no doubt, I'd like to add that there has also been talk of reviewing these guidelines and making them better known. On a regular basis some one says 'There should a guideline or a rule for that' and there all ready is. This is distressing for those that put the work in on behalf of the greater community compiling and carefully wording them. It has even been said by people who were around at the time of their creation and who were invited to be part of their development.

Groups should be embracing these guidelines at the core of what they do and individuals should be living by them. I see that there was another thread started elsewhere on this and insurance was mentioned. These guidelines protect and mitigate the need for insurance pay outs. Insurance is based on proof of negligence. Implementing the guidelines shows and proves every attempt is being made to protect those around us. This in turn protects ourselves. What's putting us all at risk is, usually, are those we invite to our events. We have no real assurance they are singing off the same hymn sheet. If they are loose ended in the safety department then so are we. Even if that's only a perception it's bad.
Insurance is the worst place to start from however.

As Brendan says, in 2000 a bunch of us put together a charter of these rules, regs or guidlines, hammered them out, circulated them to everyone we could think of for their input, and then had a physical meeting of whoever could make it to finalise them. They have had one edit review since.

There is a move to do that again but with a greater effort in making them known to all. Off season, say in October or November, was suggested as a good time to do this.
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Re: Combat and Living History Guidelines

Postby Celtic Britain » Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:48 pm

I agree with Dave's statement that most risks of re-enactment combat are created because of invited groups that are not used to the guidelines we normally have. In the Netherlands, there are different opinions on safety guidlines and groups usually train their own members on their own guidelines.
I think it's always important to look on which battle you want to fight, and to train for it, while being aware of the guidelines used. You have to make a difference between fighting within your own group and fighting on a battlefield with more groups.
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Re: Combat and Living History Guidelines

Postby brendan » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:33 pm

true, but ultimately it is the orgniser's job to ensure that people attending their event all fight to the same guidelines - it is their gig and their insurance
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Re: Combat and Living History Guidelines

Postby Huntress » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:36 am

Very informative ;)
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