Embrace the ‘Blitz Spirit’ and ‘Muster The Troops’ at the Royal Armouries this September - Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Jitterbug back to the 1940s for a weekend of music, food and dance, celebrating the spirit of the Blitz at The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, on September 18 and 19.
Over the weekend, there’s a chance to get the 1940’s look with a hair and make-up workshop, to take part in swing dancing, put your best foot forward at a tea dance and belt out wartime favourites at a sing-along.
Event timetable as follows:
- 1940’s hair and makeup workshop – Newsroom lobby, 11am – 4pm. £5 per person.
- Swing dancing workshop and tea dance – Newsroom, 4th floor, 11am – 4pm. £3 per person.
- 1940’s traditional sing-along – Tournament gallery, 11am – 4pm, 4 × 20 minute performances.
- Original 1940’s bus display – Royal Armouries Square, 10am – 5pm.
- 1940’s big band (Saturday only) – Oriental gallery: 12.30am, 1.20pm and 2pm.
- Military vehicle display – Royal Armouries Square, 10am to 5pm.
- Re-enactment groups – Royal Armouries Square, 10am– 5pm.
MUSTER THE TROOPS the following weekend, September 25 and 26, and charge to the museum to experience a glimpse of everyday life at the time of the English Civil Wars, featuring The Sealed Knot – the UK’s oldest and largest re-enactment society.
The event from 10am to 5pm each day, features a 17th Century Military Camp on Royal Armouries Square, re-enactments, musket drills and children’s pike drills as well as cannon firing displays to ensure each day goes with a bang!
General museum events will also run during both the Blitz and Civil War weekend events as usual – including:
- Interpretations – Throughout the day from 10.15am
- Falconry – 12.30 (30 mins) Royal Armouries Arena. £3 adults & £2 concessions
- Horseshow – 2pm (30 mins) Royal Armouries Arena. £3 adults & £2 concessions
- Have a go sword – 3.15pm (45 mins), Dojo, Oriental Gallery. £5 per person suitable for 8 years plus
- Jester’s yard – 11am – 4pm, 5th Floor, £2.50 per child, under 3s and adults go free
For more details about the Royal Armouries – Britain’s oldest museum – visit www.royalarmouries.org
Tel: 07838 379599
Notes to editors
- Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour and has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London, Fort Nelson and Louisville, Kentucky. It is the first British national museum to open a permanent presence in another country
- Admission to the museum is free. However, there may be a small charge for some special events.
- Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-25 December
- Information Line: 0113 220 1999
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.