The Romans always set their military camps (castra) up in the exact same pattern, no matter where they were or who was in the camp. Consequently, if you were transferred across the empire, it was pitch dark, or you rolled home drunk after celebrating your most recent victory, you could always find you way about the camp.
However, for us, it helps to make set up and tear down much more efficient. Of course, the other benefit is, we donít have to think too much about the camp plan while doing physical labour on what will inevitably be the hottest day of the event.
The gate to Hous Amberherthe's encampment, on a misty morning, on the far side of the old war field, during Canterbury Faire 2007.
We aim to be as authentic and accurate as we can given our available resources. Consequently, developing our encampment is an ongoing project.
Past projects include the sunshade, household gonfalon, encampment walls, gate, camp kitchen, silk standard, and ongoing maintenance in addition to individual projects for our personal pavilions. Personal projects may include items like beds, tables, shelves (see SG A&S Blog post) and even tents.
Hous Amberherthe's encampment, in the glade by Tui Lodge, during the first Canterbury Faire in Waipara, 2003. The year we unfurled the first silk standard in Southron Gaard.
We're "an anarcho-syndicalist commune. We take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week. But all the decisions of that officer have to be ratified at a special biweekly meeting. By a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs, but by a two-thirds majority in the case of more external matters.".
Hous Amberherthe at the College of Reannag Fhara's, 1996 St Jude's Encampment held at Leigh Camp in north Canterbury.
We hope you enjoy your visit with us.