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Armoury Extravaganza at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Wednesday 29 May: 11am – 4.30pm

People of all ages are invited to participate in a free Armoury Extravaganza this half-term to celebrate the Fitzwilliam Museum’s ongoing Armoury refurbishment project, due to be completed this summer.

Knight on horseback © Dominic Sewell

Knight on horseback © Dominic Sewell

On the day

– See a live knight give armour demonstrations – find out how it was worn and how practical it was to use (Front lawn: 11.00, 13.00 & 15.00).

– Discover the art of making arrowheads, shield bosses and pieces of armour with blacksmith demonstrations (North Lawn: 11.15, 12.30, 13.30 & 14.30).

– Drop in to armour and weapon handling sessions and touch a variety of reproductions, from early Greek and Roman swords to modern weapons
inspired by fantasy games (Seminar Room: 11.00 – 16.00).

– Get crafty in our family workshops – create your own shield/helmet and contribute to a banner for the parade (Front Lawn: 11.00 – 12.00 & 12.30 – 16.00)

– Watch a grand horse and young knight parade, which we invite family workshop participants to attend wearing their hand-made knight attire. (Front Lawn: 12.00 & 16.00)

“There will be something for everyone at the Armoury Extravaganza, which celebrates the ongoing Armoury refurbishment project. The Fitzwilliam Museum has one of the UK’s finest collections of arms and armour, second only to the royal and National collections in range and quality. When complete, the new displays will showcase the best pieces from both our Western and non-Western collections in a far more lively and informative manner. Many of the items to be included have never before been on public view, and are incredibly rare and very beautiful. We hope that visitors to the Extravaganza will have a great day out, learn loads and come back in the summer with their friends to see the new-look Armoury in all its glory!”
Dr Vicky Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts

Find out more about half term activities at the Fitzwilliam Museum and University of Cambridge Museums online.

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