The Barony of Politarchopolis

The Barony of Politarchopolis

The medieval Society for Creative Anachronism in Canberra, Australia.
Welcome To Our Barony

The Barony of Politarchopolis is a community group in Canberra and the surrounding region devoted to learning medieval skills and enjoying medieval pastimes. We don’t just read about history, we live it!

Fighting, feasting, costuming, crafting, music, dance… if it was done in pre-17th century Europe, we know someone interested in recreating it.

And not just in the ACT! We’re part of a global organisation called the Society for Creative Anachronism (the SCA), and we’re one of 42 local groups in the Australia/New Zealand chapter: the Kingdom of Lochac.

Want to get involved?

New people are always welcome at our Regular Meetings, so feel free to come along any time and meet some of our members. You can also check out our events calendar on the right to see if we have any costumed events coming up.

To keep in touch with us about ongoing activities, consider joining our Baronial Mailing List, the Kingdom event announcements Mailing List, or Facebook Group. If you want to learn more about us first, you can check out our Facebook Page, explore this website, or contact our Hospitaller (Recruitment Officer) at


Keep track of the latest updates from the Kingdom Seneschal.

Unto the populace of the Kingdom does Countess Beatrice, Lochac Seneschal send most gracious greetings!

The last 4 months have been very challenging times, and I am very proud of how the populace have moved through and adapted to the restrictions have been placed upon us all.

The Seneschallate and SCA Ltd have been working extensively to work on our risk assessment documents to progress to face to face activities and events in Australia. From tomorrow, this will now be possible, with restrictions in mind.

The SCA Ltd has approved a document, in line with approval from our insurer, that allows the Kingdom to proceed to hold face to face SCA sponsored activities in Australia. These activities are to be held in line with the restrictions outlined by local mundane jurisdictions and MUST be adhered to.

The document is located here: SCA Ltd COVID-19 Response Plan

I would encourage all members of the populace to read this document. NOTE: this is a living document, and will be updated as change requires.

There are a few items that I must highlight in this document:

  • Face-to-face events must not be attended if you are unwell or showing cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Adhere to all mundane restrictions including social distancing and attendance limits. This directive is maintained by the Group Seneschal or their delegate (stewards, officers leading activities, etc.).
  • Sanitising of all areas and equipment, including hand washing, is to be conducted at the beginning and conclusion of the event.
  • Prepayment and/or cashless payment is mandatory. There is no cash to be handled at an SCA event.
  • Until further notice there will be:
    • No overnight events (unless permitted by the Kingdom Seneschal)
    • No catering at any events

If there are any questions regarding this, please feel free to contact me.

In service to the Crown and dream

Regular Activities

Arts and Crafts
In the SCA, we group all non-combat skills and knowledge under the very broad heading of 'Arts & Sciences' (commonly referred to as A&S). What...
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Armoured Combat
Also called 'heavy fighting', this is exactly what comes to mind when you think of a medieval knight. Our combatants wear a mixture of chain-mail,...
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Renaissance Fencing
Those unsophisticated brutes clanking around in plate armour aren't your style - you'd rather be Zorro, or Inigo Montoya! (Or maybe you want to do...
Read More "Renaissance Fencing"
Sword-fighting is all very well, but you've always fancied yourself more of a Robin Hood type. Well, you've come to the right place! Archery is...
Read More "Archery"
Every week we have a class where we do the dances of 15th and 16th Century Europe, which we know about from Italian, French and...
Read More "Dance"

Upcoming Events

Carnival of the Griffin
“Good company, good wine, good welcome can make good people”Henry VIII, Act 1 Scene 4 Pack a medieval picnic lunch and join us for a...
Read More "Carnival of the Griffin"

Ready to Join?

You’ve been to a class, workshop, training, or perhaps one of our fantastic events and now you’re ready to join the society. You won’t have to sign all those extra forms either!

Make your way to the Lochac website for membership registry and follow the instructions for a new member. If you’re an existing member you can update your membership here too.

If you are keen to join in with some of the activities at the hall, check out our page on What does it cost?