Arts & Sciences

The Debatable Lands hosts a wide variety of Arts and Sciences ("A&S") activities, exploring many of the so-called "gentler arts" present in the Middle Ages. Everyone can find something they will enjoy, from calligraphy and illumination to musical pursuits to candlemaking! Read on to find out more about what we do in the Barony, when and where we do it, and how you can be a part of it!

A&S at Protohaven: 1st Sunday of each month, 1:00-3:00pm

Enjoy learning new skills and meeting new friends at our monthly A&S meetups. On the first Sunday of each month at Protohaven in Wilkinsburg, we will explore a different artistic or scientific pursuit. The topic will be announced ahead of time on the Baronial mailing list and Facebook page. Contact the Arts & Sciences Minister for more details.

Protohaven: 214 N. Trenton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15221


Practitioners of some of the more popular arts in our area have organized into "guilds" that host regular meetings to discuss and practice their particular crafts. Click the links below to find out more about a particular guild.

The list below is by no means exhaustive. If you're interested in a particular medieval art or science and don't see it on the list below, contact the Arts and Sciences Minister to see if anyone in the area is already studying it. If not, start doing some research and share your findings with us!

Armoring - meets every Friday at 7:00pm

Bookbinding - Contact Master Michael Alewright.

Brewing - meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm

Chandling (candlemaking) - Contact Master Filip of the Marche.

Debatable Choir (vocal music) - meets every Monday from 7:30-9:00pm

Debatable Consort (instrumental music) - meets intermittent Thursdays from 7:30-9:00pm

Cooking - meets the last Sunday of each month

Dancing - meets the last Thursday of each month from 8:00-10:00pm

Fiber Arts - meets monthly; time varies. Contact Lady Luceta di Cosimo or Mistress Irene von Schmetterling.

Japanese Culture - Contact Magariki-sama Katsuichi no Koredono.

Leatherworking - Contact Sumayya al Ghaziyah.

Middle Eastern Culture - Contact Lady Selime Berna.

Pewtercasting - meets Saturdays by appointment. Contact Lady Edana the Red.

Poetry and Bardic Activities - Contact Master Michael Alewright.

Scribal Activities (medieval manuscript calligraphy and illumination) - meets the third Wednesday of every month

Sewing - Meets regularly. Contact Mistress Ts'vee'a bas Tseepora Levi.

Viking Culture - Contact Master Leonard the Younger.

Woodworking - Contact Fintan na Coilled.