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Royal Armouries Museum

At the Sharp End

A temporary exhibition tackling the issue of violent crime.
7th January to 25th September

Discover ‘At the Sharp End’ a temporary exhibition tackling Violent Crime in West Yorkshire.

Join us at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds and see this innovative installation which opened to the public on 7 January 2022.

Visit this hard-hitting and compact display to see objects, evidence and first-hand accounts that tackle the difficult subject of violent crime and its effects.

Learn about the positive work being done across West Yorkshire to intervene and prevent youth violence. Find out more about the role of the police and the impact of Operation Jemlock which has made 6000 arrests and confiscated over a thousand weapons over two years.

‘At the Sharp End’ is a temporary exhibition located on the 3rd Floor mezzanine above the Tournament Gallery.

Created with our community

This exhibition has been developed in partnership with the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU).

The VRU is funded by the Home Office and run by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. It takes a unique public health approach to tackle the underlying causes of violent crime. It enables specialists from health, police, education, youth justice, prisons, probation and community groups to come together to help cut violent crime.

In the development of the exhibition it was important to get a wide variety of different voices. Discover award-winning artwork from young people who took part in a creative art competition on the subject of violence and how it has affected them. Understand the community impact of violent crime and get a unique perspective through these inspiring artworks.

Find out more about the educational activities created for schools to accompany the exhibition in our Learning Resources.

See ‘At the Sharp End: Tackling Violent Crime Together in West Yorkshire’ at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds before the 25th September 2022