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Redcoats and Revolutionaries

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Redcoats and Revolutionaries
LocationLeicester, United Kingdom
PeriodAmerican Revolutionary War
SpecialityHistorical re-enactment, living history
Number of members20-50

Redcoats and Revolutionaries (also known asReds and Revs) is an American Revolutionary War re-enactment and living history group based in Leicester[1][2], UK. It was founded in 2012 with the goal of re-enacting the Leicestershire Regiment and an American Militia unit during the period. In 2014, the group merged with the Lexington Militia re-enactment society after turning out with them at the during the 2014 event season.

The group re-enacts the actions of the 17th Regiment of Foot, 40th Regiment Light Company and the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment[3] during the American War of Independence, as well as re-creating period crafts such as blacksmithing. Voluntary members from across the uk join to learn past military disciplines, historical arts and crafts, and to perform at re-enactment events.

Redcoats and Revolutionaries perform at events for public education[4] and entertainment.[5] They also provide members for film and TV work, lending costumes and expertise to productions.[6] They have performed at international festivals such as the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival, (covered in Skirmish Magazine)[7][8] regional events at English Heritage locations such as Castle Rising[9] and Kelmarsh Hall, and have supported museums such as the American Museum,[10] and local heritage such as Leicester City Council's Greyfriars Townscape Heritage Initiative[11] 'Open Streets Georgians'[12] (a regeneration and heritage effort after the discovery of 'The King in the Car Park' Richard III) where Reds and Revs participated along with the Mannered Mob to demonstrate 18th Century life.

In March 2016, the group performed as costumed interpreters at the two-day display[13][14] of the Amon Carter Flowing Hair Silver Dollar alongside an original copy of the Declaration of Independence in London, staged on the 240th anniversary of the Siege of Boston’s last day in 1776. Members gained some notoriety by being photographed catching the train on the way to the event.[15]


  1. “Sports, Games and Clubs”, Regent Sports and Social Club, Retrieved 15th September 2020
  2. “Redcoats and Revolutionaries re-enactors of the American War of Independence came from Leicester...”, Royston Crow, 12th July 2017, Retrieved 15th September 2020
  3. "Official Website"
  4. “Leicester pop-up Military History Live”, Leicester University, Retrieved 15th September 2020
  5. “Photos: Husbands Bosworth Festival”, Harborough Mail, 27th June 2016, Retrieved 15th September 2020
  6. "The historical re-enactment society Redcoats and Revolutionaries will be taking part in the filming for Poldark.", Poldarked, 27th July 2014, Retrieved 15th September 2020
  7. Dave, Allen (1 June 2016). "Preview: Chalke Valley History Festival 2016". Skirmish Magazine (117). United Kingdom. pp. 26–30. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. Allen, Dave (1 July 2015). "Chalke Valley History Festival 2015". Skirmish Magazine (112). United Kingdom. p. 22. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. "Reds and Revs at Castle Rising, Co-Host with Black Knight Historical". Retrieved 2020-09-16. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; oh and a loud bang and hot dog too", American Museum Bath, June 1st 2018, Retrieved 15th September 2020
  11. "One of the complementary projects within the Greyfriars Townscape Heritage Initiative has been the creation of the Georgian Interest Group. This is a group dedicated to celebrating and promoting Leicester’s Georgian heritage...", Leicester City Council Greyfriars Townscape Heritage Initiative, Retrieved 15th September 2020
  12. "Open Streets - Georgians, Co-Host with Leicester Festivals and Events". Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  13. "Worlds Most Valuable Coin Comes to UK, Fortune, 17th march 2016, Retrieved 14th September 2020
  14. "Last year, the group was contacted by organisers of a two-day display of the Amon Carter Flowing Hair Silver Dollar...", British Heritage Magazine, 20th September 2017, Retrieved 14th September 2020
  15. "The next train approaching platform 3 is the 1776 to the American Colonies", Leicester Mercury, 17th March 2016 "Cached on Pinterest"

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