STEP BACK IN TIME THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND - Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Immerse yourself in the world of the 1940s this Bank Holiday Weekend (May 3 to 5) as the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds stages its latest free Living History event.
Re-enactment groups – with American and Russian themes – will bring history to life outside on Royal Armouries Square, complete with weapons, equipment and military vehicles.
Inside the museum, Royal Armouries’ visitor experience team will stage specially-themed talks and gallery tours, “make do and mend” craft activities and screen 1940s news coverage. The Hall of Steel will also ring to the sound of live music from Leeds-based band, The Big Easy, ensuring the weekend goes with a swing.
Admission is absolutely free and visitors can:
- Enjoy displays by two US-style re-enactment groups, the 101st Airborne Americans; Ace of Spades (Saturday) and the US Rangers (Sunday and Monday), including appearances by a troop carrier, two Willy’s Jeeps and a dodge-command car.
- Visit a Russian medical tent, set up by the 669th Battalion Soviet Field Hospital (daily).
- Get crafty and create 1940s-style button and bead crafts, including jewellery and hair accessories.
- Participate in talks and gallery tours – themes include The Chindits, Dads’ Army (Home Guard) and Special Operations Executive – and see 1940s’ Pathé news coverage.
Royal Armouries Visitor Experience Manager Rachael Bevan said, “This event promises to be a great free day out for all the family – whatever the weather. As well as seeing military vehicles and weapons, visitors can take a trip down Memory Lane and experience something of life during the later years of the Second World War.”
There will also be a chance to tour the Royal Armouries Museum – home to the national collection of arms and armour.
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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.