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Armoury Study Day @ The Wallace Collection

I got a free ticket after Jaergen couldn't make it.  This was on the same day as the Rugby World Cup final of Australia VS. France, so I wasn't sure just what my plans were, but thought I would go along for a look.  The lectures ranged from good to average, but it was all very interesting.  You could spot the difference between the styles of the lecturers, some used slides or over-head transparences, while one chap used a laptop projector to give full-colour multimedia experiences.  I was plesantly surprised how well you attention was held, even when discussing metal properties, or slag levels in iron...

There was far too much info to reguregtate just yet, but I recommend going to these if you want to get some insightful discussions on various armouring topics.   Also I highly recommend going to the gallery itself, not only for the weapons and amrour, but the illuminations and paintings too. 

By early 2000 the additions should be finished, with food facilities on site, and the basement will include a whole lot more shiny metal things, with an area to heft and touch real antique swords and armour! 

Here is the official guff they say about themselves:

Armour Study day - Saturday 6th November

The Wallace Collection contains on view to the public the largest European medieval and Renaissance armoury collection, and perhaps the finest Oriental armoury, in the whole of southern England; the collection as a whole is widely acclaimed throughout the world.

A21.jpg (13669 bytes)In total, the Armoury galleries contain over 2,500 items, many of which are major works of art in their own right. This November, a special Saturday Study Day for the general public ('expert' and novice alike) will examine various aspects of this magnificent family collection, concentrating on the construction and use of both European and Oriental arms and armour.


Introduction by David Edge, Wallace Collection Armoury Curator/Conservator
Dr. Alan Williams 15th-century Italian Armour The Triumph of an Industry
Tobias Capwell Armour and Saint George Popularity, Depiction and Meaning in 15th-century Europe
David Edge The Manufacture of Riveted Mail 15th-17th century Mail in Europe and the East
Dr. Michael Lacy Famous Collectors of Early Armour Scholars & Scoundrels of the 19th & early 20th century
William Hutt Medieval Arrowheads and the use of the Long-bow
Mike Loades The Horse at War in the 15th Century Horse and Lance in Battle and Tournament

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