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The Ermine Street Guard is dedicated to research into the Roman Army and the reconstruction of Roman armour and equipment.
Since its formation in 1972, the Guard has become the leading society studying the Roman Army and its equipment.
Each piece of kit is made as authentically as is practicable based on recent research. The majority of the equipment is made by Guard members to high standards of workmanship and accuracy and is continually being added to and improved as new information and finds become available. The Guard works closely with leading academics in the field to ensure the kit is correct based on current research.
Public displays are given at major Roman sites throughout Great Britain and Europe. The displays include aspects of the Roman soldier's training, the shooting of artillery pieces and a static army camp display. At selected venues the Guard is also joined by two fully equipped Roman cavalrymen.
Assistance is given to Roman studies in schools, universities and other educational establishments, including visits by Guard members
Weston Super Mare Museum
A core principle for the Guard
This process works both ways. The Guard actively seeks out and studies newly discovered research and updates their equipment accordingly, and academics use reconstructions created by the Guard in the understanding of the function of certain pieces of equipment.
From the outset, the Guard has endeavoured to produce authentic reconstructions of Roman armour and equipment, and as more information comes to light, the Guard updates any incorrect equipment that has been made in the past.
The Guard makes 90% of everything on display including the cavalry equipment and artillery as well as all infantry armour, the tents and other equipment.
FULL MEMBERSHIP - £30
ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP - £7
Associate Membership is open to anyone who is interested in the Roman army but is unable to take an active part in displays.
Associate members may attend the ESG AGM in November each year.
Full membership will interest you if you wish to participate in displays and play an active role within the ESG.
Armour is provided free by the ESG, but members are expected to keep their equipment in good condition.
Full membership is payable prorata if you join mid way through the year
If you wish to discuss becoming a member of The Ermine Street Guard, please download the membership information pack and contact Chris Haines using the information at the bottom of this page.
If you want to discuss having The Ermine Street Guard appear at your Event please download the Event Pack
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WHERE WE'RE BASED
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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