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Royal Armouries Museum

Spectacular swords

An action-packed weekend of sword-fighting
28th January, 10:00 am to 29th January, 5:00 pm

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Experience the clash of steel as our expert Live Interpretation Team draw their swords and demonstrate how this weapon has been used throughout history.

Join us for an action-packed weekend of sword-fighting demonstrations, the art of sword play, and cutting-edge history. Plus, you can discover a whole world of swords in our five galleries – from magnificent medieval monsters to delicately decorated dress swords, as well as an amazing collection of Japanese blades.

Daily Programme: Saturday 28 January

10:45 Talk
Swords of the Roman Empire

Learn about the design and manufacture of Roman swords and how they were used in battle.

11:30 Combat Demo
Medieval Pollaxe Fighting

See our knights demonstrate the challenges of using these formidable medieval staff weapons in combat.

12:15 Combat Demo
Battō-jutsu – Japanese Sword Technique

Discover how the legendary Samurai ‘fast draw’ sword attack was developed.

13:00 Combat Demo
Two-handed Sword Fighting

Enjoy a live demonstration of the skills needed to wield these enormous swords.

14:00 Combat Demo
The Victorian Sword Master

Watch our live interpretation of the scandalous ‘Dreyfus Affair’ of 1898, which led to a bloody duel with swords.

15:00 Talk
Swords of Ancient China

Explore the 4,000-year history of sword development in China, with an opportunity to handle some replica weapons.

Daily Programme: Sunday 29 January

11:00 Combat Demo
Elizabethan Swashbucklers

Watch a demonstration of late 16th-century swords and swordsmanship.

12:00 Combat Demo
Battō-jutsu – Japanese Sword Technique

Discover how the legendary Samurai ‘fast draw’ sword attack was developed.

13:00 Combat Demo
Medieval Poll Axe Fighting

See our knights demonstrate the challenges of using these formidable medieval staff weapons in combat.

14:00 Talk & Handling Session
Swords of Ancient China

Explore the 4,000-year history of sword development in China, with an opportunity to handle some replica weapons.

15:00 Combat Demo
Two-handed Sword Fighting

Enjoy a live demonstration of the skills needed to wield these enormous swords.

All shows last approximately 10 – 20 minutes.
Royal Armouries reserves the right to alter the programme without prior notification.

This is a free event but please pre-book your tickets to guarantee your visit.


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