AH3 Evolution of the human body19 janv. 2017
The Royal Armouries Museum
The group was divided in two and we started the visit with a practical activity.
The guide showed us several helmets, arms, armours, coats of chain mail and made a chronological comparison starting with the helmets made of bronze, a soft, easy to work with metal, and finishing with the more recent steel helmets.
The different armours were also reviewed, as well as the weapons. We were able to see a 1.50 metre long sword and a 2-metre long wooden rifle.
Then, the students were allowed to try to carry the helmets and weapons to compare their weight, their potential protection and their ease of use.
They soon realized that some helmets were very heavy and could not be worn for a long time. They also realized that with some armours or coat of chain mail, moving was very risky! Or that with some helmets visibility was near zero.
Or that some weapons were so heavy that it was very difficult to handle them in combat.
The two-metre long rifle kept falling forwards and yet it was necessary to hold it horizontally to shoot.
Wearing all that outfit was an intense learning experience because the students really realized what the soldiers had to endure and how fighting equipment evolved in time.
Then we visited the museum itself and had the opportunity to compare the different weapons and armours over the centuries. We saw the differences between the horse bards made in Italy and those made in Germany, the only two countries able to produce that kind of equipment.