Leeds nostalgia: Royal Armouries Somme weekend

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The Royal Armouries in Leeds, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, will be running a series of events this weekend to mark 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Today (Sat July 2)

11am–4pm: Poppy Crafts

Free drop-in poppy-making craft sessions. All the poppies made will be added to an installation by Leeds Museums in the Chapterhouse at Kirkstall Abbey, from July 9.

11am: Blades, Bullets and Battle Bowlers

A tour of the First World War display highlighting the personal arms and armour of the fighting men.

11.30am: Trench Warfare

A talk and handling session about the weapons and tactics of the trench fighting of the First World War.

Noon: The Conscientious Objectors: 1914-18

True stories of the men, who refused to fight during the First World War, and how they were treated for taking a stand against aggression.

12.30pm: Sepoys in the Trenches

A talk on Indian soldiers and their experiences of the First World War, looking at the untold story of Sepoys on the Western front 1914-16.

1.30pm: Clay Kickers

An insight into the dangerous role played by mining engineers.

The last event on this day will begin at 3.30pm.

Sun July 3

11am–4pm: Poppy Crafts

Noon: Trench Raid: 1914-18

Learn about the weapons of the Great War in this talk examining our First World War display.

1pm: The Conscientious Objectors: 1914-18

True stories of the men, who refused to fight during the First World War, and how they were treated for taking a stand against aggression.

2pm: Cordite and Canaries

Birds who worked in the Barnbow munitions factory

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2.45pm Trench Raid: 1914-18

Learn about the weapons of the Great War in this talk examining our First World War display.

3.30pm The Conscientious Objectors: 1914-18

True stories of the men, who refused to fight during the First World War, and how they were treated for taking a stand against aggression.

Royal Armouries reserves the right to change the programme without prior notification.

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