There are many roles you can do, both military or civilian, for young and old – or simply for those that are interested in how we lived in the 17th century.


The basic infantry of the civil Wars, pikemen are normally chosen from the tallest and strongest as they needed to be able to wield the sixteen foot pike effectively. They are formed into divisions and their primary purpose is to protect against attack by cavalry. They are also used against other infantry either to hold or to gain ground. Considered to be the ‘queen’ of weapons, many a gentleman is found  in the ranks alongside the common soldier.


Kit required: Regimental uniform, morion helmet, leather gauntlets, ‘snap-sack’.


At the forefront of military technology, the musket was considered to be a crude weapon unsuitable for gentlemen. However, unlike the pike, or the longbow it replaced, to use a musket took little or no training and when used in massed ranks could be devastating on the field of battle. At the start of the Civil Wars, pike outnumbered  musket 2 to 1, but by the end the ratio had been reversed. It is important to note that our modern Sealed Knot musketeers are highly-trained and have undergone rigorous testing to ensure the safety of themselves and others when using the firearm in their hands.

Kit required: Regimental uniform, plus musket / dummy musket, and all relevant required equipment (powder flask, bandoliers, water bottle).


In the 17th century, drummers were a significant part of an army. Their main function is to beat the orders on the field, which would otherwise not be heard in the noise of battle. They also drum while on the march to keep the soldiers at an even pace and were also important as ‘go-betweens’ during parley.

Kit required: Regimental uniform.


Most artillery units of the period were specialist, mercenary companies who were hired in to control a very formidable weapon. The artillerists in The Sealed Knot today can be considered to be just as specialist, as it takes a great level of skill and practice to control a cannon on the battlefield. When used effectively field artillery could devastate a battle, and we take great care in ensuring these formidable weapons are used safely and responsibly.

Kit required: Basic or Regimental uniform.


Without the support of members who choose not to fight, but follow and help keep the army on the battlefield,  for little or no reward, are greatly appreciated by the whole army. This could be by ‘watering the troops’, or, doing running repairs on polearms and armour to safely use.

Kit required: Basic or Regimental uniform.


The Sealed Knot Medical Service (SKMS) aims to provide full first aid  cover for all Sealed Knot members whilst they are at events. Made up of both professionals and volunteers, the SKMS can be seen  on a Sealed Knot battlefield wearing their distinctive black tabards with a white cross. The only requirement to be SKMS is that you hold a relevant medical qualification, be it as simple as a current First Aid at Work certificate, and the willingness to sacrifice your personal time to the benefit of the society.