Higgins Armory Sword Guild

Group Calendar

longsword workshop


The Guild normally meets to study and practice at the Higgins on the 1st, 3rd, and (as applicable) 5th Saturday afternoon of each month at 3:30. The current schedule is:

Saturday, June 18 3:30PM
Saturday, July 2 3:30PM
Saturday, July 16 3:30PM
Saturday, July 30 3:30PM

Participants must pass a safety test and be members of the Higgins Armory Museum. Contact the Guild Steward for more information.

Viking combat practice


Guild members regularly meet every Tuesday and Thursday evening at the Higgins from 5:00 to 6:25PM to practice Viking weapons techniques. We practice the speculative reconstruction of Viking-age techniques developed at the Higgins.

We use a series of drills, games, and exercises to learn martial fundamentals, and then use expanded versions of the exercises to research and to build our knowledge of Viking fighting moves. The work is physically vigorous, mentally challenging, and above all, fun.

Videos showing a sample of some of the drills we use in our weekly practice session are available on YouTube, Viking Combat Training 1, Viking Combat Training 2, and Viking Combat Training 3.

Participants must be Guild members in good standing. Schedule changes and updates are posted on the Guild mail list. For further information, contact the Guild via e-mail.

dusack study group


The seminar group meets irregularly on Guild practice days (1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturdays of the month) at 2PM at the Higgins. Seminars are open to all and are free with museum admission. For more information, please contact us.

Schedules are subject to change. Group members receive e-mail notification of changes, but guests and visitors should confirm time and dates before attending with Dr. Jeffrey L. Forgeng at (508) 853-6015 x17 or jforgeng@higgins.org.

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