New style weapons and armour room opens at Army Museum
The new style weapons and armour room opened
at the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, often called the
Army Museum, in Brussels last weekend.
“The room was first established 35 years
ago. Its reopening means we can once
again exhibit many of our top pieces that hadn’t been on show for several years”
explains Nand Cremers, the curator of this collection. “Moreover, the reopening
also improves the flow of visitors through the museum”.
The unique collection includes weapons and
armour dating from the 5th to the 18th centuries.
Exhibits are displayed both thematically and chronologically and include
displays of armour used on horses and elephants. Women at war is another theme, while another
display sheds light on fashion developments in armour.
Displays involving medieval weapons,
dancers and a smithy were staged to mark the reopening. Re-enactors allowed visitors
to familiarise themselves with various aspects of life through the centuries.
Children were able to try their hand at
archery and sword-fighting. There was
also a workshop where coins could be minted and chains produced.