X-RAY EXHIBITION REVEALS THE HIDDEN SECRETS OF ARMS AND ARMOUR - Friday, 17 July 2015

Saturday 18 July – Friday 30 October 2015

A new photographic exhibition at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds ‘The Unseen Collection’ reveals some of the secrets behind a range of items from the Royal Armouries collection of arms and armour.

In a museum filled with highly decorated armour and razor sharp weaponry, interesting details can sometimes be overlooked. Part of the story of what makes an artefact interesting and unique may be hidden out of plain sight.

The value of x-ray images of items which may be delicate, complex and precious is that it is a non-invasive way of uncovering information about those objects. The image can safely reveal decoration that has worn away and repairs that have been completed so well that they have become invisible to the naked eye. These images also provide new information about the construction of the item and its internal mechanisms without taking it apart. On occasion, the image has also helped to identify forgeries.

The exhibition has 12 two metre by three metre images of different objects, including helmets, guns, arrows and swords. The images have also been used in a new range of merchandise for the Royal Armouries shop.
The exhibition – forms part of Royal Armouries’ ‘Inspired by…’ programme. Through this series of projects the Royal Armouries displays artworks which have been inspired by our collection and themes.
Exhibition and museum entry are free.

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