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Kaiden Ryker

Eight year old friends, Kaiden (left) and Ryker of Port Elgin were dressed the part as they visited the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre April 21 for their Medieval Day event.

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Visitors to the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre in Southampton April 21 were transported back in time to experience life in the Middle Ages at the museum's Medieval Day.

Dressed in historical costumes, members of the Barony of Ramshaven, the local branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a worldwide non-profit, living history group, demonstated life in the medieval era through their knowledge, displays and demonstrations.

“The society covers from the 6th century to the 16th century,” said Tamara Pasley of Tiverton, aka Sibylla of Glyndmere. “It’s basically about learning and teaching what we do in the medieval time period.”

Using traditional techniques to create them, Pasley listed some of the many items the group had on display at the Museum from armour to jewellery, blacksmithing to tablet weaving. “There's people that are involved in all kinds of different processes,” she said. “The group has really been expanding on their skills.”

On a warm and sunny spring like day, the demonstrations were taken outside with medieval combat demonstrations, a popular attraction with visitors gathering around to learn about the weapons, armour and techniques.

Penn Davies and Heather Bogart, aka their Excellencies, Penn and Lucia de Moranza, seventh Baron and Baroness of Ramshaven, had travelled to Southampton from Guelph. Bogart said that the group covered a large geographical area. “The group as a whole, our kindgdom, is almost the entire province of Ontario,” she said, adding that they had between 750 and 1,000 members who played regularly. “People are welcome to devote as much time to it or as little time to it as they want.”

For more information about the SCA, visit www.sca.org or find the local branch at www.ramshaven.ca.

Combat

Armed with rapier and shield, SCA members demonstrated combat techniques April 21 at Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre (BCM&CC).

SCA Members

Members of the Barony of Ramshaven gathered at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre in Southampton. In front, Lucia de Moranza, Baroness of Ramshaven and Penn de Moranza, Baron of Ramshaven In back, left to right, Wolfwynne of the Blackwood, Sibylla of Glyndmere and Fraye Blackwood.

Luke

Wearing a pair of gauntlets, 12 year old Luke from Owen Sound was checking out some of the armour that was worn in the Middle Ages.

Eldon Claire

Port Elgin's Eldon (8), Claire (6) and dad, Jamie learned about medieval jewellery.

Crowd

On a warm and sunny spring like day, visitors to BCM&CC gathered outside to learn about combat in the Middle Ages.

Inside

With the help of numerous displays, SCA members dressed in traditional costumes educated visitors on medieval life.