the Dark Ages Re-creation Company

DARK seeks to create an environment that stresses historic re-creation of the Viking Age through the use of strict interpretation at a 'role playing' level and authenticity guidelines regulated by peer review. The primary activity of our events is centred on the 'camp', and as such we stress reproducing lifestyle and artifact use. The Company intends to provide a resource of skilled and experienced historic interpreters and physical demonstrators to museums and educational programs.

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DARK was the only Canadian group selected to take part in 'Norstead' as visiting Interpreters.
Norstead was the special historic event to mark the 1000 year anniversary of the Norse landing at L'Anse aux Meadows Newfoundland.


DARK was involved in work on the traveling exhibit 'FULL CIRCLE - First Contact' at the Woodstock Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Cranbrook Museum of Science. Members were involved in physically installing the exhibit; lending reproductions as an addition to the main display, education program and promotional displays; providing workshop teachers and lecturers; and of course working as costumed interpreters for special events.

In conjunction with FULL CIRCLE, a mall display was prepared that featured images of the members of DARK taken at L'Anse aux Meadows and Norstead. Go on for a version of this text:


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