The Grey Company (incorporated) is a historical re-enactment group that focuses primarily on the so called “Dark Ages” period of history (600-1100 AD). We research and try to recreate the Dark Ages both for our own enjoyment and for public display. Primarily a “fighting” group, we concentrate on period weapons and simulated combat. The Grey Company is not a martial art group and none of the weapons training is meant to prepare members for real combat situations. Rather we have a more theatrical approach to fighting, making it more enjoyable (and safer) for us and more entertaining for an audience. Members also research other aspects of life in the Dark Ages including history, culture and crafts.
The Grey Company holds regular fighter training sessions for members as well as workshops for the production of weapons, armour, costumes etc. We also organise banquets, picnics, and other social events.
Although The Grey Company was originally formed with the aims of recreating Dark Ages combat for public display and personal enjoyment, we have since expanded our interests to include many non-combat activities including costuming, craftwork and music. We also re-enact other periods in history although we always keep the Dark Ages theme central to the group. New members are encouraged to assemble and maintain a Dark Ages costume before venturing into other historical periods.