On A Knife Edge: the ethics of weapons display

Display of arms and armour in the Hall of Steel, Leeds

3:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2008 - 5:30pm Tuesday 21st October 2008 at Leeds in the War Gallery

Seminar Themes:

Do displays of combat weapons serve an effective educational role in helping museum audiences better understand their role and significance, or do they merely serve to glamorise the use of weapons?

Should displays of weaponry show more explicitly than at present the harmful effects of their usage?

What constitutes legitimate war booty, and what are the responsibilities of museums in relations to its ownership and display?

Speakers to include:

Peter Smithhurst and Philip Abbott (Royal Armouries,Leeds)
Jamie Dow and Rob Lawlor (Interdisciplinary Ethics, University of Leeds.

The number of places available at this free seminar is strictly limited, so it is essential for to reserve a place.

Please email Kate Vigurs at kate.vigurs@ntlworld.com by 5pm on 14th October 2008 to book your place on the seminar.