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Arts and Sciences

Arts and sciences refer to all the fun parts of this hobby that aren't about the martial arts such as fencing or archery.  Things like making clothing, cooking, brewing, music, dance, singing, research, woodwork, blacksmithing, building furniture, leatherwork, weaving, embroidery, painting, calligraphy... the list goes on!  Pretty much any crafts people did within the period prior to 1600.

The person responsible for the Arts & Sciences in Ildhafn is THL Melissa Wijffels (Melissa) If you have any questions or would like to learn something in particular, please get in touch.

Craft Days

Yep, looks a lot like tablet weavingWe get together for craft days or workshops - sometimes there's a topic we focus on, sometimes we have a general gathering and show-and-tell session. But always we welcome people to come along and share their projects and thoughts, or simply share some company while working on your own craft.

Occassionally, we'll have a workshop to focus on a specific craft, for example, making a basic tunic, lost-wax casting, or bobbin-lace.  If there's something specific you'd like to try, or something you would like help with, please contact the Arts and Sciences officer.


BirthdayBall 243Renaissance dance classes are often a regular part of our group and we often do some informal dancing at feasts and revels.

Dance classes are currently on hold. But if you'd like to learn some dances please get in touch with us. 


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

Many people within the SCA like to try their hand at the scribal arts - calligraphy and illumination. These scribes produce beautiful scrolls that are awarded people on special ocassions as well as working on their own projects and anything else that may be needed within the Barony.

If you would like to have a go, take a look at the scribal arts page and get in touch with the Arts and Science officer at

The Lochac Scribes Handbook includes 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.

If you've wondered when your award scroll is being worked on, check out the Scribal Guild's resource - the Scribes' Database!


Many things were painted in period, from decorative boxes, shields, flags, wall hangings, miniatures, to paintings on panels and canvas. If you're interested in painting please get in touch with the Arts and Sciences Officer for details on current activities.

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, Baron Sympkyn of the Moor.


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 of local competitions each year - the details tend to be advertised with each event.


Cockatrice is the quarterly Arts & Sciences journal of the Kingdom of Lochac. It contains project stories, creative works, and original research by members of the SCA. 


Met Museum books for download

There are over 500 books available to read online or as free downloads at the Metropolitan Museum's website, including heaps on Renaissance and Middle Ages art, life, culture; Mongol and Asian materials; period fencing manuals; illuminations, tapestries, herbals and lots more