What is this thing called A&S?

Picture a verdant field, surrounded by great shady trees,
Heraldic banners fluttering in the wind,
Knights in armour upon a field doing battle,
Ladies in embroidered gowns reclining in the shade,
Picnicing on splendid fare with fine beverages,
The marshals cry “Lay on” and the tournament begins …

There are two main hands-on aspects of the SCA. The one that is probably most obvious is the fighting – be it heavy armoured combat including tournaments and wars, rapier fencing or archery.

To balance some of this martial activity, and to add to the society, there is A&S – the Arts and Sciences that add to the context of all we do. For many in the SCA, the Arts and Sciences is about the wonderful period meals or feasts accompanied by delectable brews that reflect particular places and times prior to 1600 CE. For others it is about creating wonderful garb or clothing that reflects their persona (the person that they have chosen to be in period) ranging from a basic T-tunic through to elaborate clothing that would not have been out of place at the Court of Elizabeth I.

Those who excel in this area are known as Laurels and those who are working on developing one or more areas of skill are apprenticed to Laurels. However, not everyone strives for that level of expertise for a whole variety of reasons. Choose the level that suits you and the time available.

To explore this wonderful world of Middle Ages endeavours, take the time to visit here.


Some of the skills that are encompassed by the Arts and Sciences are listed here. For other information, the following introductory documents may help:

General A&S

  1. Introduction to Heraldry
  2. Banners, Standards and Heraldic Display (from a previous competition, but still useful)
  3. Knotwork
  4. What is documentation?
  5. Event position descriptions
  6. A&S Competitions – 2010/11


  1. Candy Loaves
  2. Drie in de Pan
  3. Pets (nothing to do with animals, promise)
  4. Visit the Cooks Guild or the Brewers Guild

Arts & Sciences Location

TIME: 2nd Sunday each month 12-4pm (with fighter practise)
LOCATION: Albury Wodonga Sport Fishing Club, near Airport, Riverina Highway, Albury 2640
CONTACT: the Arts and Sciences Minister by email.

What would you like to see, do or learn at A&S?