There is an amazing new exhibition in the Forge Mill Needle Museum Gallery for the summer season. Entitled ‘the Way of the Warrior: Epic Movies and Armour, it runs from Saturday 23rd July to Sunday 4th September 2016.
It features props and costumes that have been used in epic historical blockbuster movies, including selections of warrior costumes and armour, and ‘screen used’ props from some of the biggest ‘sword and sandal’ epics of recent years, including Troy, Hercules, Alexander, Centurion, The Eagle, King Arthur, and the hit TV series Spartacus.
Of particular interest are the Oscar winning costumes from the multi award winning Gladiator (2000) and a full suit of Sarmatian armour used in the climactic battle scenes of King Arthur (2004) which was created by the legendary screen armourer Terry English, who worked on Excalibur and Aliens. Visitors will also be able to see the armour and costume of Spartacus as worn by Liam Mcintyre from the Starz series Spartacus Vengeance (2012).
In addition, this exhibition also offers a range of interactive replica handling armour and movie props so visitors can experience what it would have been like to wear the armour and handle weapons from the ancient world.
This exhibition is highly recommended and is suitable for all ages.
For details of opening times, entry costs, facilities and the Abbey Meadows Coffee Bar for drinks, snacks and light lunches, please visit the Forge Mill Needle Museum website http://www.forgemill.org.uk/