Here is where we explain what Historical Representation means to us.
If you want to learn more about what we can do for you, in regards to Historical Representation, please see Fascination or click here.
Historical Representation: A Peripatetic Collection of Ideas and Relic Replications
This is where History Anew pays tribute to nerdiness...
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Historical Representation - What is it? Anyone familiar with the terms living history or historical re-enactment will have an idea of what historical representation means. At History Anew, we are "super keen" on the term historical representation. Here's why:
History terms are loaded and controversial. The terms living history and historical
re-enactment have been used, and are still being used, for a wide range
of historical applications, many of them with less than professional
reputations. As a unique business, History Anew needs a distinct and precise term to define the overarching theme of its most public of services.
The term historical re-enactment
is most often used to describe the work that professional historical
re-enactors do. That is, re-enact events of a certain time, culture,
and geographical location, based on the research of several primary
sources that documented the distinct details of that event. For
example: The Battle of Waterloo.
The term living history is most often used to describe open-air museums that showcase a particular culture, time period, and geographical location by way of:
Costumed, knowledgeable, and skilled interpreters.
Restored original buildings or detailed building reproductions.
Live animals that are predominantly classified under the term Heritage Breed.
Demonstrations of everyday living, special skills, trades, technology of the period, and etc.
Many aspects of History Anew coincide
with the definitions given above. However, the size of our business
allows us more freedom in regards to our subject matter, historical
detail, and artifact use. As such, we are able to offer our audience
more detailed presentations and demonstrations. As such, History Anew chooses to be categorized under the term historical representation. It is defined as follows:
To present and demonstrate a culturally specific lifestyle (including as many facets of that lifestyle as is possible) that may
have occurred during a fixed time period and in a particular
geographical area, through detailed research and analysis of available
sources (both primary and secondary) and the use of historically
constructed, approximate, artifact replicas. In essence, to construct a
possible historical reality (what may have taken place on an average day, for
example). (Cherise Elliott)
For an explanation of the applications and advantages of historical representation, please go to our Fascination page.