the Ermine Street Guard
Ermine Street Guard is a society dedicated to research into the
Roman Army and the reconstruction of Roman armour and equipment.
The reconstructions are primarily from the latter half of the first
century A.D. although equipment from other Roman periods is reproduced
for experimental and display purposes. Since its formation in 1972
the Guard has become firmly established as the leading society making
such a detailed and accurate study of this subject
piece of equipment is made as authentically as is practicable and
is based on recent research, notably that of the late H. Russell
Robinson of the Tower of London Armoury, who will be remembered
for his invaluable work on Roman armour and who gave the society
much help and encouragement. Everything is made by Guard members
to high standards of workmanship and accuracy and the equipment
is continually being added to and, where necessary, improved as
new information and finds become available.
Society has been a registered charity since 1988 and is financed
through public displays, educational visits and donations.
displays are given at major Roman sites throughout Great Britain
and Europe. The display, includes aspects of the Roman soldier's
training and the firing of artillery pieces. At selected venues
the Guard is also joined by two fully equipped Roman cavalrymen.
A static display provides information on various aspects of the
Roman army and gives the opportunity to examine the armour and equipment
at close quarters. In 1993, in consultation with archeological experts
the Guard made the first ever accurate, hand stitched reconstruction
of an eight man goat skin tent. Guard members are only too willing
to talk to members of the public and answer their many questions.
the years the Guard has displayed at many well known Roman sites
and museums in Britain and Europe. The Society has also taken part
in many film and television documentaries, particularly for educational
purposes. Assistance is given to Roman studies in schools, universities
and other educational establishments, with visits by Guard members
or the loan of armour and equipment
anyone interested in reconstructive archeology the Guard offers
a unique and absorbing opportunity to relive the life of a Roman
soldier in a critical period in the development of our way of life.
Ermine Street Guard in always pleased to welcome new members who
share an interest in the aims of the society. Full members are supplied
with armour at no cost to themselves and are encouraged to assist
in the production of Guard equipment. Associate membership is available
to those who are unable to play an active role but wish to support
the work of the Society.