Showcase movie exhibition puts Royal Armouries in the running for a tourism Oscar - Friday, 18 September 2009

Britain’s oldest museum, the Royal Armouries in Leeds, is in the running for a Yorkshire tourism award following the success of its exciting exhibition – Arms and Armour from the Movies: The Wonderful World of Weta.

The exhibition showcased the skill and creative talents of the Weta Workshop, best known for design and effects work on block-busting film projects, such as the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Curated by Richard Taylor of Weta and Bob Woosnam-Savage of the Royal Armouries, this unique show contained many pieces never seen before – including the hero weapons of Gandalf and Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings, and Peter and Edmund’s swords and shields, plus the White Witch’s dagger, in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
The Royal Armouries has been shortlisted in the Tourism Event of the Year category at the White Rose Awards, organised by the regional tourist board, Welcome to Yorkshire.

These awards celebrate excellence in the tourism industry and finalists are chosen from a wide range of entrants from across Yorkshire. The winners will be announced on October 19 at a glittering awards ceremony at the Royal Armouries, in Leeds.

The Armouries’ Bob Woosnam-Savage said: “This was a visually exciting exhibition that showcased many exhibits never seen before and is a great example of the high calibre events organised by the Royal Armouries each year.”

Chair of the judges, Barbara Woroncow, said it had been a tough decision. She said: “The short listing for this year’s White Rose Awards has been very hard as we are dealing with an incredibly high calibre.
“The finalist list is a fabulous representation of Yorkshire’s finest and represents the multifaceted tourism industry which can now be found in the area, from one of the oldest hotels in the UK to modern art in West Yorkshire.”

Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity added: “We’ve been celebrating the best of Yorkshire tourism for 20 years. The awards are also a powerful opportunity to highlight the major part these individuals and organisations play in our economy.”

The winner of each category is automatically entered into the national Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2010.

Tickets for the awards, expected to be attended by around 800 guests, are now on sale from or by email at or by calling 0113 322 3508.

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