Group History

The Norwich & Norfolk Medieval Association (NANMA) was founded in 1975. A handful of individuals were interested in various aspects of Medieval English history and wanted to do more than simply read about it.

The association started out by practising unrehearsed foot combat, the first taking place on Mousehold Heath in Norwich.

The initial members had to make their own costume, accessories, weapons and armour and were eventually able to present unrehearsed combat displays between two or more knights to the public. These were watched over by the ladies sitting in a tented gallery. Courtly dance was added and in the early 1990s we embarked on our first living history event.

Since our inception we've helped over two hundred members experience a taste of medieval life. In recent years the association has been supported by Awards For All grants which have enabled the group to assist new members in participating