The life and times of William F. Cody – better known as Buffalo Bill – go under the spotlight at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Wednesday, May 29, in the latest of the museum’s illuminating lectures.

Emeritus Curator Graeme Rimer will display weapons of the type used in Cody’s long and colourful career, as well as focusing on the life and times of the man who changed public perception of the Wild West for ever.

The Royal Armouries’ collection includes a Sheffield-made Bowie knife, of the type used to scalp Yellowhand/Hair in 1869 – described as Cody’s Sheffield scalpel – plus a range of revolvers, rifles, and other weapons.

The most celebrated American of his era, Cody’s amazing Wild West travelling show visited many towns throughout the UK during its extended tours, including two visits to Cardigan Fields in Leeds, opposite the Cardigan Arms pub (where the Warner Village now stands). The show visited in 1892 and again in 1903.

Graeme’s talk focuses on how Cody:
• Began life as a pony express rider, scout for the US Cavalry and buffalo hunter
• Worked as a guide for members of the nobility and others visiting the
American West in the late 1860s
• Became friends with major figures such as General George Armstrong Custer
• Overcame a certain lack of acting ability, to star on the stage and take the
Wild West to the East Coast
• Carved out a 30-year career which took Buffalo Bill’s Wild West on a tour of America and Europe, including London and Yorkshire.

Graeme said, “This illustrated talk will explore the exceptionally full and varied career of Cody, who became the most famous American of his time, and discuss both his achievements and some of his less successful ventures.

“We will end with an opportunity to see some examples of the types of weapons used by Buffalo Bill during his long career, drawn from the collections of the Royal Armouries.”

The talk starts at 6.30pm and tickets are priced £5. For online sales visit or call 0113 220 1888.

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