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    sword demonstration at worcester art museum

    Saturdays & Sundays: 11:30am-12:30pm

    (No demonstrations on July 10, 17, & 24; August 20 & 27)

    Join us for this fun interactive program, and learn all about different kinds of arms and armor used by knights and soldiers, including Roman soldiers, Medieval knights and beyond! Free with museum admission. Events held in the Museum Conference Room. Schedule subject to change; please check our Events Calendar for up-to-date information.

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    Join us after your Arms + Armor Demonstration for a Sword Workshop—exciting workshops which allow participants to try out different kinds of arms and stances used by knights, samurai, and beyond!


    14th Century Knight - The Hundred Years War, the Bubonic Plague, the emergence of Knightly plate armor: all of this happened in the 14th century, an age of transition both socially and technologically. Explore this world of change by experiencing it! Interact with the knight and learn how important the common soldier became during this period.

    Company Of The Wolfe Argent - Representing a company of 15th century Burgundian men-at-arms, this group employs period clothing and weaponry to offer a lively glimpse of arms and armor, society, and daily life in the late Middle Ages

    King Arthur: Myth versus Reality - The Fall of the Roman Empire in the west brought about a world of change. From the perceived order of empire, to the chaos of warring factions emerged Europe of the Middle-Ages and the Knight. Often seen as an age of darkness, the myths and realities surrounding knighthood grew out of the Middle Ages. Compare our modern imaginings of the Arthurian knight with a more realistic presentation of a mounted warrior from the time when Arthur may have lived.

    Knight's Tale - The Knight in shining armor conjures a thousand images and captures the imagination. What were the strengths of armor? What were its weaknesses? Learn about all the different kinds of arms and armor that were used by knights and soldiers of the past in this interactive program. Follow this with a visit to the Knights! exhibition and immerse yourself in the world of chivalry!

    Legio III Cyrenaica Roman Legion - Learn from this Roman living history group that strives to accurately portray the famous Legion based in Alexandria, Egypt during the Flavian period (60-100 AD/CE). You will meet Legionary and Auxiliary soldiers and learn about the Legion's history, weapons, tactics and daily life in this engaging presentation.

    Roman Soldier -What was it like to be a soldier? How did they live? What was their equipment like? Learn about the Roman Empire from one of its miles gregarious or common soldiers. Volunteer to help the miles show the audience just how effective he and his equipment could be.

    Salem Trayned Band - This re-enacting group accurately recreates a 17th-century English colonial militia unit from Salem, Massachusetts. The militia organization in Salem dates back to 1628 and was a continuation of typical European military practices of the day. Dressed in period clothing and equipped with historically correct arms and armor, the Salem Trayned Band will show you how our colonial ancestors defended themselves.

    Samurai: Knights of the East - Samurai, the name conjures an image as strong as that associated with the term Knight. Both were warriors who served greater lords during the Middle Ages. Both had codes of honor: Bushido “the Way of the Warrior” for the Samurai and Chivalry for the European Knight. Their behavior would have lasting impact on the cultures that descended from them. Discover the differences and the similarities of these two groups of fighting men who lived thousands of miles apart from each other.

    Onna-Bugeisha: Women of the Samurai - The official title of a Samurai’s wife was “The One who Remains in the Home” - but what did these women really do while the men were away? From warriors to poets, manning catapults to writing laws, no two lives are quite the same. Come and learn the stories of a few outstanding women from the age of Samurai!