We are a chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, based at the University of Canberra.
The SCA is a group interested in history before the 17th century. We not only do research, share our knowledge and organise classes, but we do our best to recreate period practices on a regular basis. We make clothing based on historical patterns, food from period cookbooks, brew historical alcohols, play historical music – often on historical instruments, and many other things that have at some point caught someone’s attention: bee-keeping, hair styling, wood carving, gardening, armouring, horse riding, target archery, and so on. If you want to do it, we can find someone to teach you how!
Our organisation also has a strong interest in medieval combat arts. We do both heavy armoured combat, which is close to full speed-full power unchoreographed fighting with rattan swords; and fencing, with real steel rapiers. We also practice combat archery, where you shoot live, armoured opponents with blunted arrows.
While we are based at the University and do many activities on campus, we also participate in activities of the SCA locally, nationally and even potentially internationally. These events include feasts, camping, tournaments, competitions, and wars, where dozens or hundreds of members come to dress in period clothing, sometimes sleep in period tents, eat and drink in feasting halls, and share their knowledge and skills with others.
The College has two meetings on campus a week. On Tuesdays we meet in the student commons near Student Central in Building 1, while on Thursdays we can be found in the commons or in a room we have booked, which at the moment is Room B4 in Building 2.
Our local Barony, the Barony of Politarchopolis, the Canberra group, also has meetings on Wednesday nights, Friday nights and Sunday afternoons.