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The Gathering 2008

Corryong, Victoria 06 - 09 June 2008

What is the Gathering? The Gathering is winter event especially for people who re-enact early medieval European lifestyles. There are two ideas that are central to the Gathering; the first is that the event has a theme based on a particular time and location. This provides a rationale explaining why a fairly varied group of people would get together in the first place, in an historical context. Since 2001, some previous themes have included the funeral of an Old Prussian tribal leader (c.800 AD); the winter encampment of the Great Heathen Army at Repton, Derbyshire (873-874 AD); the resistance of the Irishmen of Munster against the viking invaders (c.1069 AD), as well as the Normans in Italy (c. 1050 AD). The second idea central to the Gathering is that the organisation and conduct of the event is fairly relaxed. That is to say, what happens at the Gathering is to a large extent dependant upon the people who attend. The Gathering organisers provide the site, the firewood, some competitions and trophies, an event token, and a central point of organisation. So if you want to come along and run a workshop, do it. If you want to spend the whole time sitting around your campfire, you can do that too. Live the history; share the experience with others, and have a lot of fun doing it. For in the end, that’s what the hobby is all about. With generally only one activity being run each morning and afternoon, there’s plenty of time to simply relax, catch up with friends, and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. In fact, it’s the unhurried pace of the event that people seem to like most about the Gathering...

Want to know more? If you’d like to know more about the Gathering 2008, contact:

- Cliff Chatterley (cliffc@otek.com.au or after hours on 03 + 9774-7725).

- Ian Rogers (irogers@bigpond.com or after hours on 03 + 9889-0123). We hope to see you there…

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