outlines the guidelines for authenticity throughout the
within your own encampment: Dress as you please.
After all it's your campsite.
all communal areas: Minimum Standard = Marginal
Quality (See below).
a period encampment: Follow the Rules of that Encampment.
Each period encampment will probably have its own standards
in excess of the Minimum Standards for the event. When in
a period encampment, dress in accordance with the rules
of that encampment. Otherwise, don't go in and spoil their
effort and ambience.
DEGREES OF AUTHENTICITY
(Adapted from the original by the 14th
Brooklyn NYSM, as it appears in UNIO: Quarterly Paper of
the Queensland Living History Federation (Inc) Vol. 1 No.
1, March 1999-10-21) (Sourced from http://www.abbeytournament.com/index.htm)
- Museum quality:
Design, materials and methods are identical to those
of the time and place one is attempting to represent.
As an example this would involve copying an original
garment down to the last stitch.
Having one or more variation from museum quality, which
does not significantly detract from its use in historic
representation. This might allow garments with a modern
material lining or synthetic thread, but which has the
exact look of the original.
- Marginal quality:
Having one or more variations from museum quality or
subject to questionable interpretations of historic
fact, which significantly detracts from its use. The
use of incorrect weight material, change in design or
fit which are noticeable on close inspection or incorrect
materials for buttons, falls into this category.
Anything which is clearly unquestionably wrong, ie polyester
materials, modern shirts, wrist watches, chromed metals,
mobile phones, stay-brite buttons.
to set the minimum standard for acceptable costuming for
the XVIARC2011 at Marginal Quality. Modern items are unacceptable
in communal areas once the event has officially started.
The minimum standard excludes that which is 'unquestionably'
wrong. Groups that wish to raise the standards of their
costume are encouraged to do so.
We will not enter into dialogue about the Eyeglasses, Ventolin and Insulin issue.
Be respectful of the why others are at the event.
like to see the authenticity standard raised above Marginal but have concerns
that for a multi-period national convention, it may be too
much too ask of participants to have 4 sets of gear from
different periods at Acceptable Quality. Please let us know
what you think by clicking here.