Previous events and activities

Rapier Revel – Saturday 15 June 2019



St Mary’s Hall, Hendon Lane, Finchley, N3 1TS. 1pm-9pm

Join us for a full afternoon of rapier fencing, followed by a potluck feast.

The day will see fencers recruited into the Thamesreach town garrison, earning coin for success (and spending it on tailoring repairs).

For fencers, would-be fencers and anyone else interested, we will begin the day with some fun warm-up exercises and drills. We will also practice using the event tokens as rigid parry devices!

Following any authorisations requested, there will be a tourney and melee. Coin may then be spent on prizes!

For the tourney and melee, kit must pass inspection and fencers must be authorised. The full rules on equipment are here: http://www.drachenwald.sca.org/content/kingdom-specific-regulations. We have a small number of swords, masks and gorgets available to borrow but no chest or groin protection available.

If you are hoping to authorise, either for the first time or in additional forms, please get in touch via cecilyarderne@gmail.com as knowing what you want to achieve will help in planning timing and marshaling for the afternoon’s activities.

We have the Large Hall until 4.15pm, so plan to use this time for the tourney and melee. The “Small” Hall we have for the rest of the time is still large enough for more compact fencing activities to continue until feasting time. A beginners introduction class will run after 4.30pm.

Throughout the afternoon there will be space for non-fencers wishing to work on their own craft projects or play medieval board games. It should also be possible to visit the neighbouring church, St Mary-at-Finchley which has some interesting surviving medieval features (though visit timing may have to work around any weddings). See: St Marye at Fynceslea

In the evening, there will be a cold pot luck feast held in period garb. We have a small supply of spare period clothing, which may be available if you request this when booking and let us know your size.

Bring along “feast gear” (a bowl/plate, a drinking vessel and some cutlery) plus a contribution to the feast (bread, cold meats, cheeses and many fruits are excellent medieval offerings and always welcome). There are plenty of food shops near the hall. We have use of a kitchen for access to the sink only – it will not be possible to heat dishes up.

Doors will be open from 1pm and the merriment will end at 9pm.

St Mary’s Hall is close to Finchley Central tube station on the Northern Line. There is a small car park available. Shire members are able to offer a limited amount of “crash space” to stay overnight in north London for anyone travelling long distance.

Your contribution to the cost of the event (mainly hall hire) will be taken in advance via Ticketsource. The full event will cost £10. Joining us for the feast only will cost £6. Concessions are available if you get in touch directly. Some pay-on-the-day places will be held open for newcomers and may be available at the last minute, but there will only be event tokens available for those booking in advance. Please book by May 31.


Red & Gold

25 May, 11am-5pm 

We are pleased to be presenting our very first Thamesreach Masterclass.

This first class will focus on the scribal arts and held by one of Drachenwald’s most skilled scribes Mistress Oriane d’Avallon.

Mistress Oriane has been a member of the SCA for over 30 years. Her first home being Drei Eichen, a shire she helped create and then raise to Barony, becoming the Founding Baroness in 1994. Mistress Oriane’s love has always laid towards the scribal arts, and she has gone on to create numerous scrolls and documents for our Kingdom. Her skill was acknowledged when she was made a Laurel at Double Wars VI in 1998. She has since gone on to be a recognised authority on gilding and we are excited that she is now giving this class for those wishing to further their knowledge in illuminations. 

As space for this class i limited, your place will only be confirmed once payment has reached Thamesreach.

Date 25 May, 11am-5pm

Venue The Duke of Sussex 23 Baylis Road, London, SE1 7AY

Price £10 + any material requested in advance, available at cost

Tools to bring if available brushes, tray/palette, quills, pen knife, gilding supplies, burnishers, gold leaf

Dots, dots, glorious dots, and squiggles too

Embellishment with red dots are so typical for Insular manuscripts and can take thousands of dots. Pen-flourished initials, often “puzzle” initials, can combine not just red and blue, but gold as well. Let’s see how to make them quick & easy.

We will also make red vermilion ink, cut quills and gild initials.

All that glitter: Patterned gold backgrounds

Let’s take a look at the development of the gilding technique and the interesting detours towards the glorious patterned gold backgrounds of the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries.

Raised Gold is flat

No, it’s not an oxymoron, it’s logical! We will make gesso (which you can take home), apply gesso, and gild (on prepared samples).


Beer and Museum

18 November, 2pm

A trip to the new exhibition, Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War, at the British Library followed by a post-visit trip to a local pub

‘Glimpse into the past through original manuscripts to explore the corners of the kingdoms. Many books were produced, but few survive – this is your opportunity to follow the journeys of these magnificent manuscripts, brought together for a major landmark exhibition.’

We recommend buying your tickets from the British Library in advance as popular weekend times can sell out. They are £16 (full price, concessions are available).

https://www.bl.uk/events/anglo-saxon-kingdoms


Animals, demons and magic in the Middle Ages

Thursday 12 July 2018, 7pm

Come along and join us for a lecture by Dr Sophie Page on how animals, demons and magic were viewed by people in the Middle Ages.

A bit about Sophie from her UCL profile page:
‘Sophie works in the area of European medieval magic and astrology, especially in relation to orthodox religion, natural philosophy, medicine, and cosmology. She is also interested in the imagery of medieval magic, particularly diagrams, and in the history of animals in the Middle Ages.

She has published a number of books including:
‘ Magic in the Cloister: Pious Motives, Illicit Interests, and Occult Approaches to the Medieval Universe ‘ (October 2013)
‘ The Unorthodox Imagination in Late Medieval Britain, articles on learned magic, astrology, and the cultural history of animals’ (an edited collection)
and two books with the British Library: Astrology in Medieval Manuscripts and Magic in Medieval Manuscripts. Sophie is currently working on a book on animals and demons in the Middle Ages, and an article on diagrams in medieval magic texts.’

This talk is run by Thamesreach but open to everyone.

Venue:
The Scullery, Old Marys
24 Craven Terrace
Lancaster Gate
London, W2 3QH

Doors open at 7:00PM
Talk starts at 7:15PM

Ticket Price: £7.00 (Member of Insulae Draconis CIC or SCA Inc) £9.00 (non-member)