The ‘science of zombie killing’ explored in Leeds museum talk

The Royal Armouries Museum, in Leeds, is exploring how to survive a zombie apocalypse this Halloween.
The Royal Armouries Museum, in Leeds, is exploring how to survive a zombie apocalypse this Halloween.
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Make your way to somewhere secure and elevated, and carry a blunt object or two for self defence.

That is the advice from Jonathan Ferguson, curator of firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum at Leeds Dock, who will be leading a special lecture entitled ‘The Science of Zombie Killing’ in the run up to Halloween next week.

Jonathan Ferguson, curator of firearms at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, with a vampire slaying kit explored during Halloween last year.

Jonathan Ferguson, curator of firearms at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, with a vampire slaying kit explored during Halloween last year.

The vast museum, which has access to a collection of 200,000 historic items including armour, firearms and medieval weapons, is staging a week of half term Halloween events to prepare Leeds for a zombie apocalypse.

Alongside a series of lectures from the museum’s experts, there will be themed live combat demonstrations, craft activities and film screenings.

Mr Ferguson hopes his talk on the science of zombie killing, which will take place on Wednesday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, will bring the museum’s immense archive of historic weapons to life for a new audience.

He told the YEP: “This is very much about self defence, you are going to want to go for something you don’t have to reload, so Shaun’s cricket bat (from the Shaun of the Dead film) is not actually a bad choice – you’d need to go somewhere elevated and secure and carry a blunt object or two.

“It’s a bit of fun but it’s a way in for people to start thinking about historic and contemporary weapons.”

Throughout the week there will also be daily free-to-view talks about how to survive a zombie apocalypse from 11am to 4pm, as the museum explores the links between weapons in movies and their real counterparts.

Live free combat demonstrations will run every day, while daily craft sessions will cost £2.50 per person to take part in.

Back-to-back screenings of the Lord of the Rings trilogy of films, with introductory talks about arms and armour, will run today from 10am to 10pm, before parts one and two of The Hobbit are shown next Saturday from 11am to 5pm. Entry to the screenings costs £10 each day.

Mr Ferguson added: “We don’t often come across weapons in our everyday lives except for when we are playing games, watching films and reading books.

“This is a way to interest people who might not have thought about weapons and armour in a more fun way.”

To book a £5 place at The Science of Zombie Killing talk or for more information visit www.royalarmouries.org.