The first and most obvious benefit to the community is that the activities run by the organisation will provide education about history; each activity is designed to take one aspect of European history and present it in a manner that will appeal to one or more demographic parts of society. Education can take the form of regular or one-off lessons, workshops, events, presentations and/or demonstrations.
Health and Fitness
The organisation sometimes runs activities involving “historical fencing”, to give people a hands-on and physical education and to teach about the methods by which historical weapons were actually used according to written source material held in the Triquetra Collection. This engages the body and mind in a holistic fashion, and leads to an improvement in general fitness and an understanding of bodily health in all participants. Furthermore, such activities help to develop physical skills such as hand-eye co-ordination, spatial awareness and good body posture; on a regular basis individuals report a healthy loss of weight as a result of many of our events and activities!
Observation and Identification
The skills required to observe and identify antique swords can be valuable in other contexts as well. To identify an antique sword, one must learn to look for small details, and how to notice a difference in detail between two items. One must learn relevant information about sword types and general history, along with the societal context of the time period in which the items were designed and used. An individual would also learn to compare and contrast different items from the Triquetra Collection, and to assess the success of the projects from history that led to the creation of each item.