1. Agincourt 600 Wales
Wales Legacy Project
Eight small projects in Breconshire, Monmouthshire and Forest of Dean have been created that are designed to expand knowledge of the Welsh archers who fought at the famous battle. The activities and resources have communicated the story to residents, schoolchildren and visitors to the region, and leave a legacy in the area for groups to continue to engage with.
Click here for the Agincourt Wales Trail leaflet
2. Amici Voices
Adieu m’armour: Music from Agincourt
To commemorate the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt, in 1415, Amici Voices present their debut CD ‘Adieu m’amour’: a unique response in words and music to this pivotal historical event. This recording, produced in collaboration with the Agincourt 600 Commemoration Fund, is available free of charge in its physical form as a CD and to stream online. The programme juxtaposes some of the finest music heard at the French and English courts. By tracing the subtly evolving beauty and complexity of vocal performance in this period, it demonstrates the staggering wealth of musical creativity in northern Europe. The pre-eminence of English composers and performers at this time was such that the theorist and composer Johannes Tinctoris in 1475 described England as the “fount and origin” of a new art.
Please visit their website to find out more
3. Ballista Media
Agincourt films and digital records.
The company filmed events at Azincourt and used that footage and other footage to create a series of short film on Agincourt for digital hosting. The original funding was added to up to a total of £40,000 to complete a film timeline using resources from other projects and the Agincourt 600 website to create long term digital output and an app. The app is available to download on Apple devices here
4. Banbury Museum, Oxfordshire
The Museum created a series of events for Banbury Museum around Agincourt that has developed the museum’s staff understanding of community engagement and professionalism. The activities around Agincourt 600 have held to find new ways to engage with local audiences and gather community support.
5. Beverley Town Council, East Yorkshire
Beverley – Agincourt Weekend
Beverley council created a community living history event that included presentations and public events. Activities took place in various locations in Beverley to include North Bar, St Marys Church, Saturday Market Place, Toll Gavel, the Guildhall, Wednesday Market Place, Highgate, the Minster and their immediate surroundings, in the town centre of Beverley making use our historic buildings.
The focus was about engaging with the local community, children and arts groups to remember the battle of Agincourt and the historical past.
6. Bishop Waltham Town, Hampshire
Henry V – The Road to Agincourt
Extensive community event held over three days, including education and family activities to raise awareness and knowledge about the anniversary and the local connections. A short film is part of the legacy.
Owre Kynge Went Forth
CD recording of a concert initially commissioned by the Agincourt 600 Committee
The programme features music which was nearly all composed (or at least written down) in the lifetime of Henry V of England (1387-1422). It divides into broad sections depicting various important stages in his life from his wild youth to his marriage to Catherine de Valois and the treaty following the battle of Agincourt. The texts are taken from three sources: Holinshed’s Chronicles, Shakespeare’s Henry V and The Archer’s Story, a previously unrecorded one man play by Esmond Knight, who played Fluellen in Laurence Olivier’s film of play. The spoken texts narrate the story of the battle, its build-up and aftermath from different points of view. The recording will be available for free.
8. British Blind Sport
Agincourt visually impaired archery and shooting
The Association of BBS has a key focus on archery and acoustic shooting. They are launching taster sessions and bridging sessions for new members using Agincourt as the attraction. They have also produced new educational resources for their sport to assist new members.
9. British Disabled Fencing Assocation
Weapons and Armour of Agincourt
The BDFA held a tournament for young disabled sports people with the funding helping them to let participants attend freely. The event helped to promote the sport, engage new members and support existing members by recognising their achievements and activities.
10. Centre Historique Médiéval, Azincourt
Medieval festival and re-enactment
The Azincourt Museum and battlefield hosted a key memorial weekend in July 2015. Re-enactors and amateur archers gathered to take part in events including the historic re-enactment of Rain of Arrows, alongside educational workshops.
The site commissioned a new and permanent memorial to the Agincourt Battle which was unveiled at the site on the 600 anniversary of the Battle. Representatives of the Agincourt 600 Commemorative Fund were present. The British also sent military representatives as part of their community engagement.
A new viewing platform for the Battlefield at Agincourt
In order to encourage more visitors to visit the battlefield and to be able to examine the site a new viewing platform will be erected. The platform will enable better interpretation of the physical history of the battlefield.
11. Chatsworth Archery competition
An open archery competition that included able bodied and disabled archers held to commemorate Agincourt 600. The competition was open to archers from across the UK and held at Chatsworth.
12. David Owen Norris
A new musical composition that commemorated Agincourt and other key events and historical anniversaries (Magna Carta, Waterloo, the Suffragettes, Malala). The Internationally renowned composer David Owen Norris created the music, organising the performances and records. He gave his own time for free. The fund covered the participation of a children’s choir, brass band, guitarists and other performance costs in Southampton and London.
Copyright David Owen Norris, from the album ‘Turning Points’. Waynflete Singers SUSO. Released 2017.
Track 1: ‘Battles & Manifestos’
Track 2: ‘Lament’
Track 3: ‘Boney’
Track 4: ‘Malala’
Track 5: ‘Gettysburg’
13. Eastleigh Borough Council, Hampshire
The Road to Agincourt
The funding supported ongoing commemorative projects and directly funded: An inter-active map, both a physical silk printed map of Hampshire highlighting the places visited by Henry V, with media tech knowledge enabling additional data to be held about what historic events occurred in each location. A digital version will be available on the Road to Agincourt website, and the virtual museum of the Grace Dieu
Waterside interpretation panels erected on the viewing platform in Manor Farm Country Park over-looking the wreck site. Also embedded with additional digital data for an enhanced experience. Activity with local primary schools linked to the tale of Bevis of Hampton, encouraging composition and performance skills.
14. Edward Hess, Wheatley Manor, Oxfordshire
The Wheatley Lord Camoys Project
A community Theatre production and event, with Shakespeare’s play rewritten for the anniversary. It was performed by locals for a local audience and young people. Camoys who commanded the left wing at the battle lived at Wheatley.
15. Erpingham Church, Norfolk
To restore parts of the church to preserve, restore and display the important historic connection that Erpingham has to Agincourt (probably commander of the archers): the framing of commemorative embroidery; repairs to the tomb of Sir Thomas Erpingham’s father; display units for an exhibition about Sir Thomas Erpingham.
16. Ewelme Church, Oxfordshire
Ewelme Agincourt Widows
Created a podcast of a concert made up of music from the period and a lecture on Agincourt War Widows that was all originally held at Ewelme on the Eve of St. Crispian.
17. Friends of Leicester Museums and Anthony King
A specially created educational performance workshops available freely to schools and families in Leicester. The performances were held over the October half term 2015 and the February half term 2016. There are accompanying resources for the schools to take away, and that can be used by other groups in the local area.
18. Greenwich District Scouts, Greater London
Greenwich District Scouts has a large catchment of children from the Greenwich and Deptford Area. They used their funding to buy sports equipment for archery in order to ensure that all members of the club could take part in activities, irrespective of personal circumstances, using an Agincourt context and stimulus to the activity.
19. Guilford Archery Club, Surrey
Supporting Agincourt 600
Providing equipment and activities for an archery club to engage with new youth members and attract those who cannot afford their own equipment but would like to take part in archery as a sport.
20. Hay History Group, Powis
Hay history weekend
Literary and community festival in Hay, linked to restoration of the castle. Guest speakers, workshops and re-enactors highlight the history and local connections to the historic period. Includes a cut down version of Shakespeare involving children, and coaching in stage fighting techniques.
21. Holy trinity C of E Primary School, Dartford
Cry God for Harry @Holy Trinity
Y5 children a Dartford parish school, connected to the route that Henry V marched through when returning to London will receive expert help so that they can put together an exhibition telling this great story for their local community. To broaden the reach of this story they worked with MOD Theatre Group to develop a performance of Shakespeare’s Henry V to perform to the whole school and their parents.
22. Monmouth Remembers
A weekend history event in Monmouth (birthplace of Henry V). The community based activities included: education workshops, poetry, re-enactors and storytelling.
23. Noak Hill Archers, Havering, Essex
Agincourt Commemorative Shoot
A commemorative archery shoot, using Agincourt to attract new members.
24. Now Heritage, Hampshire
From Hampshire Field to Agincourt
Community theatre and education event. The play and supporting workshops told the local story and connections of Henry V and his men. the production and development involved local schools and community groups.
25. Oxford Troika
An evening of talks and musical entertainment around Agincourt and Henry V. Held in Oxford for invited guests and members of the public.
26. 5th Regiment Royal Artillery
This army regiment is connected to the army regiments that in 1916 during the First World War and on the 500 anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt were accompanied around the historic battlefield at Azincourt by their French allies as part of the commemoration of the battle. Those who attended the commemoration reported their activities in community publications.
27. Royal Monmouthshire Engineers (Militia)
This army regiment are a reserve militia and can trace their roots back to the time of Henry V. Their current headquarters is in the castle that Henry V was born and spent his early years.
They travelled to Azincourt on the anniversary to take part in commemoration and to represent the UK. Their experiences will be fed back into their local community.
28. St George the Martyr, Southwark
The Battle of Agincourt Musical
Original musical and performance in South London. This community and educational event has considerable involvement of local schools and community groups. All the shows sold out.
The music rights will be available to the Agincourt 600 Trust to use and provide to other groups.
29. University of Southampton
‘Who’s Who’ in Agincourt
A digital database of all those involved with the battle. It also includes all of the components surrounding the battle, including preparations, finances and impact.
MOOC (massive online open course), run twice, October 2015 with 8612 enrolments, Feb 2016 with 3880 enrolments: created an interactive academic body of work, via mini lectures, debates, interviews with academics and location filming, as well as possibility of engaging live with tutors, that will help researchers, graduates, educators and interested groups for many years to come. More information can be found here
The Peal Board. The Peal Board is erected in Spitalfields by the St James’ Guild in acknowledgement of the Peal rung on the 20th October 2016 ‘This peal was for the 600 anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. It pays tribute to the men on each side who fought valiantly for their liege lords, and their families that supported them’.
31. The Battlefield Trust
Creating educational materials for two medieval battles held on British soil. Using Agincourt as the example of why medieval warfare and battles is an important part of British and local history.
32. The Blackheath Society, London
From Agincourt to Blackheath
The Blackheath Society has commissioned and erected interpretation boards at significant points n Blackheath. One of these boards tells the story of Henry V and his journey via the area from the return from France.
33. The City of London, Guildhall Art Gallery
Unveiling the Crystal Sceptre
An exhibition at the London Guildhall that ran for six weeks. A key artefact was the not usually shown historic Crystal Sceptre which has alleged ties to Henry V and his relationship with the city of London. The funding included activities with local school children.
34. The Freeman of Gwent
The Agincourt March
A commemorative walk for a local community. Following in the footsteps of Henry V by a group from the Welsh area of Gwent.
35. The Historical Association
Agincourt teacher Fellows
The HA has trained 15 or more history teachers to have advanced knowledge of the 100 Years War. The teacher experts have created resources that will then be available to all teachers through the HA website.
National Pupil engagement
The HA has devised a programme that with three strands will involve Key Stage 2 pupils (Primary) Key Stage 3 pupils and Key Stage 4 and above pupils in learning about Agincourt and the 100 Years War. The activities include: Primary pupils from the UK travelling to France to meet with French children to explore how Agincourt is remembered. The trip and the pupils have has created teaching and learning resources that are now available for free for all schools to learn about the Battle and about exploring local history; Children at Secondary schools were able to enter a competition that demonstrated how they had created a pop up exhibition in their local area to inform those around them of the Battle of the Agincourt and its relationship to other key battles in British history; Sixth Form pupils were able to enter into a national debating competition, the final of which was held at
The HA produced an edition of its quarterly Historian magazine all about aspects of the Battle of Agincourt and tits legacy that was sent to all schools in the UK and is available for download on its website.
36. The History of Parliament Trust
Parliament and Agincourt
A pop up exhibition at Portcullis house and talks programme with an online component exploring the documents and discussions of Parliament at the time of the Battle of Agincourt, and a commemorative brochure.
37. The Lord Mayor’s Show
To commemorate the battle, Agincourt 600 had a float at the Lord Mayors show in London. School children and re-enactors were included on the Agincourt float, and Pangbourne college provided the band.
It was entirely fitting that the final major event during the commemoration of the 600th anniversary of Agincourt was taking part in the City of London’s Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday 14 November 2015. This is because the City of London, its livery companies and wealthy merchants made a huge contribution to Henry’s campaign in 1415.
The Agincourt 600 Trust funded three entries into the procession on the day: a coach and horses for the masters of the five warrior livery companies (Armourers and Brasiers, Bowyers, Cutlers, Fletchers and Gunmakers), a float upon which the actual battle was re-enacted with over 50 contributors in 15th century dress and the Pangbourne College Naval Band. The float was accompanied by cadets and by students from the Central Foundation School for Girls.
38. The National Archives
Arming a Medieval Knight
The event engaged new and existing audiences in medieval collections in an exciting and thought-provoking way and was a first for The National Archives. Throughout the day professional instructors gave visitors a hands-on experience of the weapons and armour with which knights fighting at Agincourt were armed and protected themselves. In an arming display they demonstrated the challenges facing a medieval knight in battle. This display provided an ideal practical backdrop to an evening public lecture by Professor Anne Curry, the world-renowned expert on Agincourt. It was particularly suitable for teenage children and adults and complemented morning activities for younger children, however, it was accessible to all visitors on the day, including academic and amateur researchers, at no charge.
39. The Poetry Society
A poetry competition for young people with supporting resources for schools and online poets was organised, with 656 entrants. The competition included two age categories, one for primary school pupils (452 entrants) and one for secondary school students (204). Both were delivered via The Poetry Society’s vibrant online platform for young writers, Young Poets Network, which has an engaged audience of over 9,000 young writers.
The competition was promoted to schools with accompanying teaching resources to encourage teachers to involve their classes.
The winning poems have been published online.
40. The Royal Armouries, Tower of London
The Battle of Agincourt
The Battle of Agincourt exhibition at the Tower of London was the highlight of the Royal
Armouries’ programme to commemorate the 600th anniversary. Held in the White Tower, the exhibition ran from 23 October until 31st January 2016 and offered an introduction and numerous telling and moving insights into the story of Agincourt. Medieval arms, armour, art, music and manuscripts have been brought together from leading institutions across Europe to set the historical context, describe the build-up to the battle, the great event itself, its aftermath and consequences.
41. The Royal Armouries, Leeds
Agincourt Legacy Project
A new permanent gallery at the Leeds site will be dedicated to Agincourt and Mediaeval battles. The Agincourt 600 has contributed £60,000 to the creation and design of the gallery and exhibition.
An Oil Painting by Graham Turner. The new gallery will have in it an original wall size oil painting of the Agincourt scene for as part of the new gallery. The painting is funded by the Agincourt 600 Fund.
42. The Wallace Collection, London
The Sinews of War: Arms and Armour
An exhibition available for free to learn about the arms and armour from Agincourt. The funding included educational workshops for schools and community groups and digital activities.
43. The Woodland Trust
The planting of Memorial Groves across the UK with supporting events and education. The trees planted will were selected for their suitability to the area and the connections to the past.
At the end of March 2016, as blossom was beginning to open, the last of the commemorative tree plantings for Agincourt 600 took place.
Stonor Park is the home of the current Lord and Lady Camoys a direct descendent of Lord Thomas de Camoys, who famously commanded the left wing of the English army at the Battle of Agincourt. He and his family, held property across the South of England and there is a life-size brass in commemoration of Lord Camoys at St George church in Trotton, West Sussex.
However, it is at Stonor Park that Lord and Lady Camoys have chosen to have their commemorative Agincourt Grove planted. The grove is a mixed selection of trees, selected to encourage complimentary and healthy woodland, but a significant element of the planting has been the selection of young oak trees.
The planning and preparation for the planting of groves and memorial trees is part of the Agincourt 600 project delivered by the Woodland Trust. The Trust were interested in the role that wood as a material played in the battle in particular the longbows and arrows which proved the decisive weapon in Henry V’s victory.
They have been involved with over 20 plantings across the UK including 600 trees in Northern Ireland and 600 in Scotland. In Wales several sites were chosen for plantings, many directly associated with Henry V and his time there.
Other significant plantings have included at the village of Erpingham in Norfolk, birthplace of Sir Thomas Erpingham, Shakespeare’s “good old knight”.
At Stonor Park and elsewhere the young oak trees planted have been grown from acorns gathered from venerable oaks from Windsor Great Park and the famous Sherwood Oak, many of which would have been growing at the time of the battle 600 years ago. The trees and the natural environment are able to provide a connection and link to the people of 1415 and now through the plantings it may be able to take it forward for another 600 years.
Present at the Stonor Park plantings was Lord Camoys who spoke to reporters about his deep pride in being able to commemorate the battle and his ancestor while providing a connection to that history for the generations to come. Members of the Agincourt 600 committee who have funded the Woodland Trust project were also present and helped to plant the final oak trees.
The Agincourt Grove at Stonor Park is part of the land open to the public when visiting the park and house.
44. Titchfield Festival Theatre, Hampshire
The Great Barn Titchfield
Inspiring children and the local community to get involved in their history by recreating and informing them about the historical events that unfolded at the Great Barn 600 years ago.
The Great Barn was built on the orders of The Bishop of Winchester to prepare Henry V’s army for the forthcoming French War ending in the Battle of Agincourt. The Barn still stands in its original position, is the 3rd largest medieval barn still in existence and is of national importance, yet its existence and importance to medieval history is relatively unknown.
This educational interactive project for children and families allowed them to experience life in Henry’s army, understand the building of the barn and its actual builders and why it was built. Visitors are able to talk with the ‘movers and shakers’ of the day, as well as become informed about the weapons, armour, soldiery of both sides and the eventual outcome of the Battle of Agincourt.
The overall project also involved an interactive Theatre in Education project which schools were invited to attend at the barn for free and a commemorative garden at each end of the barn
45. Trotton Church West Sussex
Memorial event and lecture in the church where Thomas, lord Camoys, commander of the left at the battle, is buried. The Fund is paying for the production of the written records and filming of the event, in addition to some costs for the collection of the material for the whole event.
46. Weald and Downland Museum, West Sussex
Community education events with schools, local groups, families and local visitors exploring the historical events of Agincourt, bow making etc. The Museum was able to reach out to disadvantaged schools in the area that do not usually travel to the museum due to costs as the Fund supported travel costs.