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What is Life in the Past?

Well, Life in the Past is the umbrella term given to all of Iron Shepherds Living History's own events. That being any event the group has created, organised and hosted, from living history events to talks.

Iron Shepherds have been producing events since they started back in 2012, in fact the first ever event they undertook as a group was organised by themselves. Life in the Past though started in 2015 with the creation of a new two day event weekend at Furness Abbey. This weekend consisted of Meet the Peasants and Meet the Monks. It was a great success, even if the first day was a trifle windy, which led to the 2016 Life in the Past Festival.

The Life in the Past Festival saw Iron Shepherds create 6 brand new events across a range of local attractions, organise 3 facinating history lectures as well as create a host of online materials. Events took place at Dalton Castle, Furness Abbey and the Dock Museum with talks ranging from the Viking influence on Furness to the Prehistory of the area. Each event was well attended as were the talks. It was a proud moment for Iron Shepherds and a new step forward in the groups development.

That brings us to now and the coming 2017 season. The festival is on hold for this year but we hope to return to this in 2018, but that doesn't mean we don't have some Life in the Past events taking place. Far from it!

Take a look below or on the Events Page to find out what we have coming up!

Coming Events:

Peasants' Life   |   Sunday 9th April

at Aydon Castle

Discover what life was like for peasants living in Northumberland in this brand new event. Enter the castle walls to find a medieval camp in which to wander. Chat to the peasants and find out about their daily life!

10am - 5pm

Monks' Life   |   Sunday 18th June

at Furness Abbey

Step back in time to discover the monks of 16th Century Furness Abbey as they wait to talk with you about the great monastery and their lives.

10am - 5pm

Victorian Fun and Games   |   Sunday 23rd July

at Furness Abbey

Come along for a truly Victorian day out! Meet Victorian tourists who are visiting the picturesque ruins of Furness Abbey and play with toys and games of the period. You can even go on a tour with a Victorian guide!

10am - 5pm