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The terrible Tudors take over the Royal Armouries this September

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds will be presenting an exciting Tudor-themed event.

To mark the 470th anniversary of the death of King Henry VIII (1491-1547) the museum will stage an action-packed weekend of dramatic performances, combat demonstrations, historical music and family activities to bring the period to life.

The death of King Henry VIII was a tense and dangerous time in England’s history. With wars in Scotland and France, insurrection at home, a boy king, and a succession of courtiers battling for power — the saga has all the makings of a Shakespearian tragedy.

There will be a number of fight demonstrations on display over the weekend, including a unique Elizabethan barrier combat and a two-handed sword combat, both popular amongst courtiers in the Tudor and Stuart periods.

As well as a range of activities to entertain all of the family, the museum also houses in its collection a number of significant objects from the Tudor period.

Highlights include the Foot Combat and Tonlet Armours of a young King Henry VIII, the famous Horned Helmet gifted to Henry by Emperor Maximillian I, and the elaborate armours of Queen Elizabeth I’s courtiers, including that of the Queen’s favourite, the Earl of Leicester.

Commenting on the event, Mark Jackson, Events and Informal Learning Manager at the Royal Armouries, said: “We are really pleased to be bringing a Tudor Weekend to the museum this September. The founding of the Royal Armouries collection dates from the reign of Elizabeth I in the 16th-century and the Tudor items we have on display are remarkable. The Interpretation Team at the museum have been busy learning new styles of combat from the period which visitors will be able to see over the weekend.

“The weekend promises to be thoroughly entertaining, and will be of special interest to families with children studying the Tudors at school, as many of the talks and presentations are designed to fit in with the new history curriculum. We hope the activities will give visitors a new and unique insight into one of England’s most notorious royal dynasties”

For more information on the Tudor Weekend at the Royal Armouries, visit:


Notes to editors

Further enquiries to: Katie Canning, Communications Officer, Royal Armouries at Telephone: 0113 220 1978

About the Royal Armouries
Entry to the museum is free but some activities carry a small charge.
– Royal Armouries has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London and Fort Nelson in Hampshire.
– The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds houses a major part of the national collection of arms and armour, and displays over 8,500 objects throughout its five themed galleries.
– Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-26 December
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– The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business based on the same site in Leeds.

About the Royal Armouries

Entry to the museum is free but some activities carry a small charge.