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.
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.
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.