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Insight Weekend: Passchendaele 1917
11 Nov 2017 - 12 Nov 2017
The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds will be hosting a weekend of commemorative events on the 11 and 12 November to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.
Throughout the weekend visitors can discover more about the technological advances of the Great War through talks, tours and live performances. The museum square will play centre stage to a replica Mark IV British tank, with soldiers in historic uniform giving talks about life at the front.
Events will include firearms demonstrations, tech talks on the pioneering development and use of the tank, and an exclusive opportunity to meet the Royal Armouries curators as they display a rare Mauser 1918 T-Gewehr anti-tank gun. There will be a reflective space in the Hall of Steel for visitors to make their own poppies alongside talks about the weapons of Passchendaele, the Royal Flying Corps, conscientious objectors and Elsie Knocker, a British nurse on the front line.
On Saturday 11 November the museum will be holding its annual Armistice Day Service. Visitors are invited to join museum staff for a period of quiet reflection, with music, readings and a commemorative poppy drop.
Please note that the doors to the museum will be closed between 10.45am and 11.30am while the service is in progress. Visitors who wish to attend are advised to arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes in advance of the service.
Please check times with event organiser for any last minute changes.
Some activities may carry a small charge.
- Family friendly
- Wheelchair access
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