A couple of weekends ago, we decided to visit the Royal Armouries in Leeds. Not only is it a fabulous, free museum packed full of weaponry and armour dating back from Anglo-Saxon times to modern day, but it is situated down by the river, which allows for some nice photography.
Whilst I don’t advocate violence or war, I have to admit I do love military memorabilia and looking at weapons – swords in particular. It was very sobering to think that many of those housed in the building have taken lives, both human and animal.
However, it was equally as fascinating to see the changes over centuries, especially from other areas of the globe (my favourite gallery was the Oriental display, featuring original Ottoman Empire items and a whole section devoted to Samurai… and elephant armour!)
There was even a full suit of armour belonging to Henry VIII, which Nasa studied when they first sent astronauts into space, seeing it as a possible solution to space suits!
The photographs from inside the museum weren’t as clear, which is a shame, so I’ve only included one. This image of the Hall of Steel – a tower bedecked with spears, swords, daggers and shields, which can be viewed from the bottom via a mirror – I was happy with.
As well as having seasonal jousting competitions, the Armouries also offer the opportunity to shoot crossbows. So naturally I had a go! Let’s just say that I am more adept with a longbow, with ‘adept’ used in a very loose way!
Back on home turf, as if the cosmos wanted to extend my Medieval adventures, I had the chance to do some hawking at school, as part of a new topic. Feeding a Harris Hawk and Saker Falcon was the highlight of the week – I just wish I had been brave enough to snap a selfie as it came in to land on my arm!
Image Credits: All my own.