The C.E.R.S. – Consortium of European Re-enactment Societies was founded in 1997 with a twofold objective:
1. to obtain recognition of the Historical Re-enactment as stated in cultural expression and education by the European Community
2. to support the local governing board for the preservation of historical heritage and the promotion of this heritage as a resource for sustainable tourism.
The CERS join together more than 120 historical societies and associations all around Europe, re-enacting all the History: from Ancientness to the XX Century.
The historical activity is divided into two main sectors:
- Living History (an activity that incorporates historical tools, activities and dress into an interactive presentation that seeks to give observers and participants a sense of stepping back in time)
- Re-enactment (a scripted educational or entertainment activity in which participants follow a prearranged plan to recreate aspects of a historical event or period—often a military engagement or display. This may be as narrow as a specific moment from a battle, such as the reenactment of Pickett's Charge presented during the Great Reunion of 1913, or as broad as an entire period, such as Regency reenactment or The 1920s Berlin Project).