Our mission is to educate our members and the public on life in middle-class London 1584-1603 as well as life in the colony of Jamestown from approximately 1610 to 1620 through encouraging participation in living history events as well as assisting the Jamestown Yorktown Foundation. Founded in 1991, we are a 501(c)(3) non profit based in central Virginia.
Become a part of a historic
Gardiners Company events are immersive historical experiences. In preparation, members and guests work toward creating a persona or impression to portray. Eventually we hope everyone will develop not only a period-accurate “kit” (clothing & accessories), but also a fully-realized persona who engages in social and domestic activities, works an occupation or trade, has a rich family history, and is even knowledgeable of the gossip of the day.
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The Trayn’d Bandes are also heavily involved in research and education. We host several Elizabethan events each year, as well as taking part in living history events organized by other groups and living history sites. We also participate in local public demonstrations of period activities, such as music, dance, and crafts. We have produced a series of publications for living history, as well as having been involved in the production of Daily Life in Elizabethan England, published by Greenwood Press in 1995.
The Trayn’d Bandes of London are always interested in contact with others of like mind, and new members are welcome.
Membership is not required to participate.
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