AH3 – The evolution of the human body08 août 2017
- To learn about the progression of weaponry and armoury throughout time and how soldiers from different nationalities and eras adapted to the threats of their environment and foes.
French and English students completed a guided tour of the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds. Students were taught about the progression in armoury and weaponry over the years to make it more agile, light and effective.
Students were able to try on different pieces of armour, such as helmets, to experience what it would have been like in the times that soldiers had to wear these materials. Students soon realised how heavy wearing a full suit of armour must have been and two students agreed that it would have been impossible to wear it for long periods of time.
Additionally, students completed a tour of the museum to compare the weaponry used in different countries and years and how the use of metal has progressed over time. Students saw a variety of weaponry created during different types of war, including rifles, swords and horses, and learnt about the people responsible for created different types of weaponry and armoury.
- Students were interested in learning about the different armoury and weaponry used over the years and were able to have a first hand experience in trying on different weapons and helmets. Students developed true appreciation of what the human body had to endure in times of war in the past and were able to compare the effectiveness and weight of protective equipment and offensive weaponry in different periods of time.