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The person responsible for the Arts & Sciences is Lady Griete van Groningen (Yvonne Gwyn)


BirthdayBall 243Renaissance dancing is currently a popular activity here in Ildhafn. Katherina Weyssin runs dance classes on Thursday nights, where we work with 15th and 16th century sources from Italy, France and England - all are welcome (and classes aren't usually in costume). What we've done recently.

Craft days

Yep, looks a lot like tablet weavingWe have regular Arts and Sciences meetings on the first Saturday afternoon of each month. Some months we have a topic we focus on, some months we have a general gathering and show-and-tell session. But always we welcome people to come along and share their projects and thoughts.

Occassionally, we'll have a workshop to focus on a specific craft, for example, lost-wax casting, or bobbin-lace.

Please see the calendar for the schedule for this week's practices.


Music is a key part of any study of medieval and renaissance history, as well as a very popular way to meet new people and discover the beauty of the music that evolved into what we listen to today.

Many members of the barony are keen amateur musicians, and will entertain us during a feast, sing beside a tournament, or play dance music at a ball.

There is a collection of music that one or more members of the Barony have practiced or performed on our Music Page.

Some other sources of music that many of us use are:

Calligraphy and Illumination

The scribal arts have their own page.

If you've wondered when your award scroll is being worked on?  Check out the Scribal Guilds newest resource the Scribes' Database!

The Lochac Scribes Handbook 2012 has been published!

It includes relevant sections useful for guild members, wardens and new scribes summarising information on a variety of resources and techniques that can be applied to your own calligraphy and illumination.

Personal projects

As well as our regular group activities, our members work on all sorts of medieval and renaissance arts individually. Some have webpages, some of which you will find links to on our "people" page. Some write up personal projects and post them here.

If you would like a personal page, or a login to post about your personal projects, please contact the web minister, Don Ludwig von Regensburg.


A number of Lochac-wide Competitions are available for you to enter your projects into: a good way to get feedback, broaden your skills, and show off your work. We also have a number local competitions each year - the details tend to be advertised with each event.