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Get Your Hands On Some Armour This Weekend

James Drury
By James Drury Last edited 24 months ago
Get Your Hands On Some Armour This Weekend
One of the items of armour in the Wallace Collection. You probably won't be getting your hands on this piece, but there will be a chance to handle some 16th century armour tomorrow. Photo by peterphotographic via the Londonist Flickr pool.
One of the items of armour in the Wallace Collection. You probably won't be getting your hands on this piece, but there will be a chance to handle some 16th century armour tomorrow. Photo by peterphotographic via the Londonist Flickr pool.
An X-ray of a 15th century sword
An X-ray of a 15th century sword

The Wallace Collection has one of the most impressive assemblages of armour in the capital, but let's face it: the temptation to touch all that shiny history can get a bit much.

If, like us, you've wanted to really understand what's behind the armour, what it's made of, how it was made, and generally get to grips with some of the 2,500 items in the collection — there's a free lecture with your name on it.

Beneath The Surface — The Scientific Analysis Of Arms And Armour, gives participants the chance to literally get their hands on some of the items on display, as well as learn more about the scientific techniques for analysing armour.

Conservators David Edge, Robert Hill and archaeometallurgist Alan Williams will explain techniques such as Xray, XRF, and metallography at the event, which is part of Science Week.

After learning from the experts, there'll be a chance to get your hands on some 16th century armour.

Beneath The Surface — The Scientific Analysis Of Arms And Armour, 21 March 10.30am-1pm, The Wallace Collection Lecture Theatre, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN. Entry is free. For more details, see the website.

Last Updated 20 March 2015

Harry Windsor

Wow, sounds fascinating ... I will definitely be there!