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Royal Armouries Museum

Historical Firearms Weekend

Including What Is This Weapon? Live
11th March, 10:00 am to 12th March, 5:00 pm

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This weekend our live interpretations and presentations will focus on firearms. Throughout the weekend there will be firing demonstrations and the opportunity to handle objects from the collection. Further details of the daily programme will be posted here in due course.

Museum admission is free, please pre-book your visit. There are two paid-for events in the Historical Firearms weekend programme. Tickets for these can be booked using the links in the information below, and include entry to the museum.

What is this weapon? Live

As well as guns galore, on Saturday 11 March there will be a very special What Is This Weapon? Live event.

As you may know our regular YouTube and social media series What Is This Weapon? hosted by Royal Armouries Keeper of Firearms and Artillery Jonathan Ferguson, continues to go from strength to strength, attracting audiences from around the world. In each episode Jonathan examines the rarest and most obscure guns from history, contextualising their unique historical footnotes within the wider story of firearms, their development, and employment in conflict.

What Is This Weapon? Live

A live in-person presentation by Jonathan Ferguson at the Royal Armouries Museum, includes question & answer session.
Time: 11:30 – 12:30 | Tickets £10 per person
Pre-booking essential

What Is This Weapon? Live | Online

A live online streaming of this event will also be available if you can’t make it to the Royal Armouries Museum in person. Please register your interest and we will send you a link to join the presentation in due course.
Time: 11:30 – 12:30 | Tickets £5

Exclusive opportunity: Meet & greet with Jonathan Ferguson

An additional opportunity is available for a limited number of attendees to meet Jonathan in person and tap into his extensive firearms knowledge. Tickets for this hour-long ‘Meet & Greet’ event are limited, and only available for those making a minimum donation of £50 per person.* Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Pre-booking essential

*How your donation supports our work

The Royal Armouries is a charity, and we exist to bring the history of arms and armour to life in ways that are engaging, inclusive and open to everyone. We are the custodians of the National Collection of Firearms, arguably the most extensive and varied of its type in the world, responsible for managing and conserving around 27,000 firearms. All donations help us look after our world-class collection, and ensure it continues to be accessed and enjoyed by a national and international audience. For more information about the impact of your donation, please contact the Development Team on