Acclaimed Way of the Warrior exhibition to open at the Willis Museum this month (From Basingstoke Gazette)
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Acclaimed Way of the Warrior exhibition to open at the Willis Museum this month
12:00am Saturday 10th November 2012 in Leisure
Way of the Warrior features mannequins dressed in full armour from the Macedonian Hoplites, through Roman and Samurai warriors, to a Second World War soldier and a Delta Force trooper. Each mannequin wears costumes and replica weaponry from Hollywood blockbusters such as Alexander, Kingdom of Heaven, The Last Samurai, Gladiator, King Arthur, The Eagle, Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down and Centurion.
Much of this ‘screen-used’ armour and clothing is historically accurate, illustrating the armour of different cultures and civilisations throughout history.
Visitors will get the chance to handle and even try on replica armour such as helmets, gauntlets and shields. Large illustrated panels describe each character’s weapons and famous military encounters as well as some fascinating facts about the philosophies and tactics of each warrior.
Hampshire Museums Service’s Asst Exhibitions Officer Erica Munro said: “This exhibition shows some amazing pieces of film costumes and props that visitors can see right up close. More than that, it tells the stories of these warriors throughout history so it’s more than just an exhibition of memorabilia – it’s an interactive exploration of how the ancient warrior became the modern-day soldier.”
Way of the Warrior opens at the Willis Museum on Saturday, November 17 and runs until January 12. Admission is free of charge.