2019 Summer Programs

Arms and Armor Presentations

The presenter displays a sword to a young boy

Saturdays, June, July, and August, 11:30am and 2pm
Wednesdays, July and August, 11am
Sundays, June 2 and August 4, 11:30am and 2pm
(No presentations on 6/1, 6/8, 7/3, 7/6, 7/31, 8/3 & 8/31)
2nd Floor Conference Room
Free with Museum admission

These interactive programs about different kinds of arms and armor used by knights and soldiers, including Roman soldiers, medieval knights and beyond! Visit worcesterart.org/events for the weekly schedule.

  • Medieval Armor
    Saturdays, June 29, July 27, and August 10 (at 2pm), 17
    Wednesdays July 10, 17, 24, and August 7, 14, 21
    The knight in shining armor conjures a myriad of images and captures the imagination. While the Middle Ages lasted roughly one thousand years (500-1500 AD/CE), the steel plate armor associated with the knight was only in use from 1350 AD/CE onwards. What were the strengths of armor? What were its weaknesses? Learn about the arms and armor used by knights and soldiers of the past in this interactive program. (Recommended for school age children and older)
  • The Basics
    Sundays, June 2 and August 4
    Confused about the differences between mail, field, ceremonial, and tournament armors? In this 30 minute interactive presentation, discover how knightly armors were developed and used, along with some of the weapons of the period. (Recommended for all ages)
  • Roman Legion
    Saturday, July 13
    Legio III Cyrenaica is a 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. (Recommended for school age children and older)
  • 17th Century Colonial Militia
    Saturday, June 15 and August 10 (at 11:30am)
    The Salem Trayned Band is a re-enacting group that accurately recreates a 17th-century English colonial militia unit from Salem, Massachusetts. The militia organization in Salem dates back to 1628 AD/CE 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. (Recommended for Middle School age children and older)
  • Medieval Men-at-Arms
    Saturday, June 22
    The Company of the Wolfe Argent represents a company of Burgundian men-at-arms of the 15th century. Employing period clothing and weaponry, they offer a lively glimpse of arms and armor, society, and daily life in the late Middle Ages. (Recommended for school age children and older)
  • Live Demonstration of Medieval Combat!
    Saturday, July 20
    The subtle skills of attack, parry, and grapple are brought alive by the Cambridge Historical European Martial Arts Studies Group as they demonstrate the knightly arts in a recreation of a medieval combat school. (Recommended for school age children and older)
  • The Viking Age
    Saturday, August 24
    Barbarians! Pirates! Traders! Explorers! These are terms used to describe the Norse people who, without warning, exploded out of Northern Europe into the consciousness of Christian Europe and beyond. Unifying the royal authority of England on the one hand while weakening that of France, the consequences of this period set the stage for much of the Middle Ages. Explore the world of the Viking Age through their weapons, armor and more. (Recommended for Middle School age children and older)

See also: Medieval Soldier Drills

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