The Society for Creative Anachronism is an international living history organization which focuses on the Middle Ages and Renaissance. People in the SCA use a psuedonym from a pre-1600 culture and attempt to recreate, to some extent, the appearance and skills of a person from the past. The SCA is organized into kingdoms, baronies, shires, and other small groups by geographic area. The SCA has no requirements for authenticity–according to the rules of the organization, “a reasonable attempt” at medieval costume is all that’s required for attendance. Among the participants in the SCA (approximately 100,000 worldwide) there are widely varying levels of knowledge and interest in medieval customs, craft, and culture.
Living History is a hobby combining elements of archeology, research, arts, crafts, martial skill (at times) – and of course, fun. It is finding out what it meant to be a merchant, a convict, a farmer, a soldier, or a person of means – this list is not restricted; and can be from any time and any location. It is an attempt to simulate, or reenact life in another time, and is a very tangible and visual interpretation of aspects of social heritage. It is a three-dimensional history lesson that is entertaining as well as educational; combining the art form of dramatic performance and the discipline of historic research, it is not a medium which accepts the mythology of the past. Widely used throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and North America as an integral form of historic interpretation, its promotion as a recognized method of preserving elements of our cultural heritage is a significant objective. (from the Queensland Living History Federation)