Come one, come all, to the one-day revel in ancient Oxford! Arianrhod o Gymru, Insulae Draconis Signet, and her fellows of West Dragonshire invite you to their second annual scriptorium, in the upstairs (sadly, no lift) of the Mitre pub, a period room in a Jacobean hostel, now a Beefeater pub. The Mitre is located on the corner of Turl Street and the High, in the very centre of Oxford. The address is 17, High Street.
Arianrhod is happy to hold forth on the arts of scrivening and illuminating, and will have parchment, ink, pens and paint for those who wish to try this ancient art (and earn her undying gratitude). She is hoping there will be classes this year—if you have knowledge, please contact her to arrange a class. Lord Duncan Forbes will be arranging fighting nearby, weather permitting.
In the evening, Ari invites you to partake in a cold potluck (there are many markets in Oxford if you’re traveling long distances), and celebration of her thirtieth year in the SCA. Over supper, please tell why you play, why you stay and, if you’ve ever left, why you came back. The SCA has people of outstanding generosity and talent, and Ari wants to hear about all of it!
Oxford, ancient seat of learning, is dominated by the Dreaming Spires of the university. It is possible to take tours of the Bodleian Library, an establishment much older than the British Library, or even just view the 15th century divination schools (again, this will be a separate fee). The Bodleian will have an exhibition on Persian manuscripts at the time of the event. There is also an old covered market, Norman towers, the castle (which was a prison till 1997), and many other sights! For those who like really old things, the Rollright Stones are an easy drive away
Parking in Oxford is difficult. The closest parking to site is on Broad Street or St Giles, but they fill up very quickly. Oxford has excellent rail and bus links, particularly to/from London (the Oxford Tube (a bus) runs 24/7 from London Victoria). There are also direct bus links to Heathrow and Gatwick (or rail links from the Heathrow Express into London Paddington) or, if you must drive, please consider using one of the many park & ride facilities.
Fee is £10/£6 unwaged.
NB: The event itself opens when the pub does, at noon. Howevers, FIGHTERS may start as early as 10AM at a nearby site. Contact Lord Duncan Forbes (DuncanForbes(at)red-belt.org.uk)
Any questions? Contact Ari on daylightjam(at)gmail.com.