Based in the South West of the UK, Dumnonika is a re-enactment and living history society representing life in the British Iron Age. Two thousand years ago the British Isles were inhabited by a people with a fascinating and wonderful culture, a culture that we catch occasional glimpses of in archaeology and the writings of their Roman conquerors. In Dumnonika we strive to use the evidence available to present the most accurate portrayal of these people possible, to educate and entertain the public, opening their eyes to Britain before Rome.
Using the old British 'Celtic', ‘Dumnonika’ literally means ‘of the Dumnonii’, a British tribe originally inhabiting Devon, Cornwall and parts of West Somerset. Unlike most Iron Age re-enactment groups we focus our presentation (where possible) on a specific area and time period, avoiding a mixture of kit separated by hundreds of miles and hundreds of years. By covering the last century of the British Iron Age in the South West, 50BC to AD50, we can present a people who have seen their world shattered by the Roman conquest of Gaul and are concerned about when Rome's armies will come to Britain, but are still definitely British and not Romano-British. We can show the colour and culture of the British people that existed even before Rome’s ‘civilising’ influence, or work alongside Roman groups covering the invasion.
Now taking bookings for 2014 (or winter 2013...)
We've had a fantastic second year, coming to a close with Ham Hill Country Fayre, which saw us working with our good friends in Brigantia. We're now taking bookings for next year's season, though should you be interested in booking us for an event this year, we'd still love to hear from you!
Dumnonika's appearance on ITV
Earlier this year Dumnonika did some sequences for ITV's series Britain's Secret Treasures, resulting in no less than two sequences involving us! Episode 5 had several shots of our members (including Vindia admiring herself in the Pegsdon Mirror!), while the final episode had our leader Dru billed as an 'Iron Age Style Guru', no less! (Even if they did get his name wrong...)