Royal Armouries Leeds.

Last Friday my parents and I took my 2 oldest nephews to the Royal Armouries in Leeds. As it was half term the museum had a Wild West Theme going on. My nephews enjoyed exploring the museum trying to catch the baddies (staff dressed up), when caught they gave you a card. The card could be then traded in at reception for a sheriff’s badge. a nice idea that got the kids involved. It was of course rather busy with children and as I had my ‘Uncle Pete’ hat on it only managed to get a few snaps. Also much of the exhibits are behind glass which makes photography difficult, how ever my favourites were not.

Part of the rather impressive tower of steel which a staircase winds round.

Part of the rather impressive tower of steel which a staircase winds round.

Another view of the same.

Another view of the same.

1 to 1 diorama at the entrance to the hunting gallery.

1 to 1 diorama at the entrance to the hunting gallery.

Large diorama of Pavia.

Large diorama of Pavia.

Now on to my favourites- the large collection of early machine guns, Gatlings, Nordfelts, Gardners and suchlike. Chunks of old fashioned steel and brass but still very lethal devices.

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Some of you may the given at this point to draw steampunk references with these early machine guns… in a moment of synchronicity Brian/ count zero bought me a copy of the computer game ‘Guns of Icarus‘ a great fun game full of steampunk airships and early machine guns. Been spending a few hours playing on it all ready.

Cheers,

Pete.

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2 comments on “Royal Armouries Leeds.

  1. Bob Cordery says:

    Peter,

    That is some collection of machine guns! It would be worth going to Leeds just to see that!

    All the best,

    Bob

    • Pete S/ SP says:

      Definitely worth a trip- so much more to see though, be prepared to spend several hours if you want to see everything- the interpretations they do are good fun too. Go mid week and in term term if you want to avoid the crowds.

      Cheers,

      Pete.

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