Heraldry Shields

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In combat it was hard to identify knights wearing helmets. This meant that their bravery and skill might go unrecognised or that they might be attacked by their own side.

Knights used badges so people could see who they were. These were displayed on their helmets, surcoats and shields.

Explore the different shields and discover to whom they belonged and what they meant.

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SUPERHEROES WEEKEND

Fantasy meets reality this August Bank Holiday with an invasion of the superheroes, including Iron Man, Batman and Star Wars Storm Troopers.

29 August 2015

Leeds

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First commercial steel melting

Benjamin Huntsman of Sheffield is widely credited with the first commercial melting of steel in around 1740, using his crucible process. However, the melting of steel had long been practiced in central Asia and India and was known as Damascus steel.

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