WWII Re-enactment South West and how it could work. from webmaste's blog

THE BEGINNING


1.  I first started displaying military vehicles in 2002.  Prior to that I had attended a few military displays, including the English Heritage Kirby Hall event, which was a large multi-period event with 2500 re-enactors.  The one event that probably got me involved was Coastal Defence in Action, held at Pendennis Castle, Falmouth. 


2. We started with the MVT, where events were notified by secret phone calls and monthly meetings in the middle of Cornwallon a Wednesday at 2000 :-).  I didn't really get to hear about events.  Once I turned up at an event 2 miles from the meeting venue and Sharon and I were the only military vehicle ALL WEEKEND.  That happned more than one and formed the basis for communication in WWIIRESW, from my point of view.  I thought that people should all know about events, maybe know who's going and be encouraged to go.


WWIIRESW


3.  Back in 2009 I'd left the MVT and was independent, after a bad experience.  In 2011 we met Steve and Liz Lane who'd had a rough experience with the MVT, much like me.  In February 2011, we started WWIIRESW.  It grew very quickly and a new forum soon filled up and was busy.    This is a link to discussion in 2013, so just 2 years after, things had quietened down - https://wwiireenactmentsouthwest.co.uk/oxwall/forum/topic/2


4.  There are lots of reasons why things changed and they make for interesting discussion.  Here are some of my thoughts on the effect of Facebook - https://wwiireenactmentsouthwest.co.uk/oxwall/forum/topic/32


THE KEY ISSUES - COMMUNICATION followed by EVENT ATTENDANCE


5.  It seems to me that there are only 2 things to achieve to enhance our enjoyment of events and that is communication of the event and attendance of lots of others.


  So what do we have for communication?


a.  Oxwall forum

b.  Facebook Fan Page

c.  Facebook Forum Group

d.  Newsletter

e.  Twitter

f.   Pinterest

g.  Event calendar

h.  Area Map

i.   WEBSITE


   What services can we provide?


i.  Re-enactment Insurance

ii. Getting people to events.


What events are pure WWIIRESW?


a.  Helston Railway Returns to the 1940s

b.  Wartime at the Keep, Bodmin Barracks

c.  Armed Forces Weekend ( Davidstow Airfield and Cornweall at War Museum)


6.  There is a lot there and trying to keep it focussed is a task.  I have tried to limit the event listing to:  Events list on the forum and the Website calendar


7.  Of all those items above, anyone considered an Admin could directly manage, online, all of them.  The website management would need work to achieve that, but it can be done. 


WHO IS WWIIRESW AFFILIATED WITH?


8.  The Area Map shows all the affiliations that we have with groups, airfields, museums.  This is not insignificant and has been built over many years.


WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?


9.  There is no doubt that in the south west, we have the highest internet profile of all the groups that I can think of, including the major, national vehicle group, the MVT.  The downside of that is that we look like a major operation, but can't deliver that level.


10.  Perhaps you can use the forum to discuss - Link here




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