Historial Education and Reenactment
Select Society seeks to educate, inform, and entertain, in a relaxed and enjoyable fashion and in a style that complements all manner of settings and locations: historic properties, classrooms, museums, libraries, etc.
By drawing upon their extensive historical knowledge, our interpreters are fully able to interact with their audience and communicate the very essence of what life and society was like during our nation’s most colourful history
What is Select Society?
A Definition: Select Society = the name of an exclusive club, formed in Edinburgh in 1754, as a debating society that counted many prominent and notable people and literary figures amongst it’s ranks; including James Boswell, the friend and biographer of Dr Samuel Johnson.
Now, in the 21st century, ‘Select Society’ is a company that, by employing ‘first’ and ‘third’ person presentational techniques, provides high quality ‘historical interpretation’ to educational, heritage, and commercial institutions, through a range of historically accurate characterisations.
Who is this man I see before me
Principal Interpreter, John S. White, the holder of an Honours Degree (History and War Studies), a Masters Degree (Heritage Management), a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society, Fulbright Fellow at the University of South Carolina, member of ‘Equity’, has achieved considerable experience as a ‘Performance Historian’, serving clients across the UK and overseas.
John had long specialised in the military and social history of the late Georgian and Regency period, with particular emphasis on the events of the Napoleonic Wars; having what can only be described as a ‘passion’ for Wellington and Waterloo! As Honorary Secretary of ‘The Waterloo Committee’ (a post John held for 20 years, until his retirement in 2012, when he was appointed a Vice President by His Grace the 'late' and 9th Duke of Wellington) he became an established book reviewer for various publishing houses which, in turn, gave rise to numerous talks and lectures for, amongst others, the V&A, the National Army Museum, and the British Army. Indeed, one of the most memorable occasions was delivering a talk, on Waterloo, to the ‘officers mess’ at a British base high up in the mountains (and the snow) in Bosnia Herzegovina, whilst he was serving in the Former Yugoslavia in the 1990’s
Historical, educational performances for all audiences
We delight in bringing our knowledge and unique historical performances to different venues and audiences around the world!
- School/educational programmes that are the talk of the playground
- After dinner speaking from a historical perspective
- Populating historical settings with people from that era
- Available and experienced historical consultancy for Films and TV