The College has regular medieval arts and sciences activities, on Thursdays from 5:30pm in room 9B9. These activities give us an opportunity to expand our knowledge, as well as to find new things we might like to pursue.
Crafts in the SCA are examples of experimental archaeology. We research a pastime or art from a particular historic time period, then attempt to recreate it as they would have then.
Some of the activities we have done before include calligraphy and illumination, basic hand sewing, making ointments, foraging for herbs and fruit, alcohol brewing, tunic making, hood making, an introduction to Vikings, armour maintenance, wood carving, chest making; and a how-to class on Heraldry.
Arts and Sciences in the SCA are a particularly broad field. The most common activities for us include costuming, cooking, and armouring. Most Collegians will get some experience in patterning and sewing period accurate clothing, as we do it all the time, and you need to wear an attempt at medieval clothing while attending events. Cooking is a common activity as we have regular feasts that involve preparing, and eating, medieval foods. Fighters will get experience in basic armouring, maintenance, and even some leatherwork.
The list of other activities is practically endless: there are many people in Canberra who sing, build and play medieval musical instruments, people who excel at metal work, pewter casting, wood work, brewing, embroidery, weaving, pottery, gardening – even someone experimenting in Viking ship building. We have many very skilled and generous Collegians, and many more people in the Barony, who would be more than happy to talk to you about anything you have an interest in – and if they can’t answer your questions, they will gladly get you in contact with someone who can.
If there is anything you want to learn talk to the Arts and Sciences Officer or the Seneschal – we’ll gladly organise a class for you!
The Barony also has regular A&S activities at the weekly Sunday meetings from 2pm or so, at the French Scout Hall in Ainslie, at the intersection of Ebden Street and Hassall Street.