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A man looking at an AK 47 gun covered in candy displayed in a glass case

Explore the Royal Armouries’ collection of firearms in a new way.

Guns are powerful weapons. 

They can be loaded with meaning as well as bullets. 

Exhibition Info

Throughout history to the present day, guns have been embellished and intricately decorated; plated in gold and covered with diamonds. As aesthetic objects of art, they have been used to campaign for peace, as tokens of love and desire, and as diplomatic gifts between nations. 

This thought-provoking pop-up exhibition asks us to reconsider the symbolism of guns. Visitors will be able see iconic objects from the Royal Armouries’ collection as well as modern art pieces from renowned artist and peace campaigner Bran Symondson-Baxter. 

This exhibition will pose a difficult question for audiences; why attempt to beautify such potentially deadly weapons?