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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1803: Medieval Arms and Armour Study Session: A Workshop at the Royal Armouries

Friday 10 July 2015, 10.00-15.00

Sponsor:Royal Armouries Museum
Organiser:Alison Watson, Royal Armouries, Leeds

Tutors: Karen Watts, Robert C. Woosnam-Savage, and Henry Yallop - all Royal Armouries, Leeds

The Royal Armouries is the British national collection of arms and armour and one of Britain's oldest museums. It has within its collection some of the finest pieces of medieval arms and armour in England. This day seminar is a unique opportunity for a limited number of IMC delegates to take part in an immersive practical session handling original surviving arms and armour of the Middle Ages. Key pieces will be made available for close examination in this intimate session. The morning will comprise a study session on European weapons, followed by a gallery tour and a demonstration of medieval sword fighting techniques. The afternoon comprises a study session on European armour. Photography will be permitted (for private research purposes) and there will be opportunity for informal discussion with our specialist curatorial staff.

The day will be delivered by Karen Watts, Senior Curator Armour and Art, Robert C. Woosnam-Savage, Curator European Edged Weapons, Henry Yallop, Assistant Curator European Edged Weapons, and Keith Dowen, Assistant Curator European Armour.

As the workshop is taking place at the Royal Armouries Museum participants will be required to arrange for their own transport to the Royal Armouries. Public transport: Bus No. 28 from the Parkinson Building to the Royal Armouries, c. every 30 minutes. Fee: £11.00.

The workshop can only accommodate a limited number of participants. Early booking is strongly recommended. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance on the day.