Fancy trying a show with the Cardiff Castle Garrison but don’t have any kit yet? The Garrison has group kit available for you to borrow so you can take part.
This is a catalogue of the kit that is available. If you wish to borrow any of it then please contact our Living History Officer about the items(s) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Group kit is allocated on a first-come first-served basis. We often have several people who would like to borrow kit for shows, so get your requests in early if possible.
The UK clothing sizes given for each item are approximate. The measurements are exact so if you are unsure whether a garment will fit then it may be best to measure yourself. You can either ask the living history officer to do this at a group social, or take them yourself. There is guidance on how to do this below. All measurements below are given in inches.
Green wool tunic
Brown linen tunic
Brown wool tunic
Cream wool tunic
2 Pairs of Men’s Wool Hose – One size fits most, based on a 6 foot tall individual (awaiting photo).
Yellow wool dress
Cream wool dress
Grey wool hood (women’s)
Grey wool hood (boy’s)
Straw hat (men’s)
Straw hat (women’s/children’s)
Brown boots (unisex)
Brown shoes (men’s) – fit up to UK size 9 (awaiting photo).
Brown boots (unisex) – fit up to UK size 6 (awaiting photo).
Leather belt (unisex) – will fit up to 31″ waist.
Leather belt (unisex) – will fit up to 39″ waist.
If you would like to measure yourself to ensure any group garments you wish to borrow will fit you, then please follow this guidance:
You will need to measure your bust, waist, hips, and fists (the fist measurement is to ensure your hands will be able to fit through garment sleeves). Do not worry too much about the length measurement unless you are exceptionally tall as our dresses are fairly long.
You will need to measure your chest, waist, arms and fist (the fist to ensure that your hands will be able to fit through garment sleeves). Do not worry too much about length of garments unless you are exceptionally tall as our tunics are fairly long.
Please note that the kit displayed here is not necessarily of the best standards of authenticity. The Garrison relies on donations from group members for group kit. These are often several years old and thus not necessarily representative of current authenticity standards.
These items remain useful while they have life left in them. Therefore, they are kept as group kit but they will not be replaced on a like-for-like basis. We ask that group members do not take group kit as an example of current authenticity standards.