The gallery explores the history of personal protection, from the middle ages to the 21st century.
It highlights how these different forms of protection have changed alongside fashions and technological advances.
It also explores the sometimes controversial issues of using weapons for self-defence and also how these feature in popular culture.
- Chevalier D'eon's sword - inscribed "DONNE PAR LA CHEVALIERE D'EON A SON ANCIEN AMI GEO: KEATE ESQUIRE. 1777" - translated as "GIVEN BY THE KNIGHT OF EON TO HIS OLD FRIEND GEO: KEATE ESQUIRE. 1777"
- 'Ball's patent' anti-garotting pistol from Belgium - a belt mounted pistol designed to be fired at close range if attacked from behind.
- The guns of James Bond - examples of real guns of those featured in the films featuring the character James Bond
- 17th/18th-century German executioner's sword
- A presentation pair of Colt model 1861 Navy revolvers inscribed: "To Mark Firth Esq. from President Colt's PFM Co", who supplied Colt with steel.