This weekend the Royal Armouries will mark the anniversary of the battle of Waterloo with the sound of thundering hooves and gunpowder in an exciting weekend of dramatic performances and Napoleonic skill-at-arms horse shows.
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Visitors will be able to watch action-packed period horse shows presented by Royal Armouries team and Atkinson Action Horses at 12 noon and 2.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. At full gallop and dressed to impress, Husssars and Heavies in stunning uniforms from some of the finest regiments in Wellington’s army will showcase their sword, sabre and lance skills in the museum’s outdoor arena.
As well as spectacular mounted skill-at-arms, Wellington’s indomitable infantry, including the 95th Rifles and the Coldstream Guards, will demonstrate the power of firearms of the period in black-powder gun-firing displays.
There will also be the opportunity for visitors to meet the team and their magnificent mounts after the show and to take a closer look at the weapons that changed the course of European history.
Between the combat displays at the horse shows there will be talks and performances in the museum and visitors will be able to explore the Royal Armouries collection of arms and armour associated with the battle of Waterloo.
Items include the Duke of Wellington’s five draw telescope which he carried during the battle and which features many times in portraits of this great historical figure. The magnificent Scotland Forever! by Lady Elizabeth Butler, on loan from Leeds Art Gallery is also on display .
Royal Armouries is also home to Captain William Siborne’s remarkable and recently conserved model of the battle of Waterloo, originally completed in 1843. The huge model, measuring 5.6 by 2.3 metres, shows in detail a pivotal point in the battle.