In combat it was hard to identify knights wearing helmets. This meant that their bravery and skill might go unrecognised or that they might be attacked by their own side.
Knights used badges so people could see who they were. These were displayed on their helmets, surcoats and shields.
Explore the different shields and discover to whom they belonged and what they meant.
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Did you know?
World's biggest bore!
The largest bore gun ever built, fired a 3 feet diameter cast iron ball weighing around 1 tonne, containing 215kg (400lbs) of gunpowder to a range of 2.4 kilometres (1.5 miles). It was designed by Robert Mallett and is on display at Fort Nelson.
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