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Understanding Agincourt Activities

Sunday 18 October to Monday 19 October 2015
10.30am - 4.00pm

Agincourt 600

This year marks the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt and the Museum is holding this special weekend to increase understanding of this this legendary battle for Henry V’s Army. Visitors to this event on the 18th or 19th October can enjoy two-for-one entry on admission prices (cheapest ticket free).

Visitors to the Museum can take part in a range of historic activities linked to the battle, including trying archery, and short talks will be given about how the sport was used as a weapon of war. Military-style training exercises will be taking place and visitors can hear about how people were recruited and trained for battle, the conditions they would have fought in and the importance of working as a team. These drills promise to be memorable experiences for all involved.

Sunday 18th is a day for the general public and Monday 19th the focus is schools.

Other activities taking place will include:

  • a solving food rations challenge
  • create a coat of arms for your family
  • blacksmithing demonstrations
  • a woodland display

Interpreters around the Museum site will recount tales of Agincourt, discuss the role of horses in the battle, and demonstrate historic medicines and the treatment of wounds.

Display and activities around the Museum’s site will challenge what people think they know about the Battle of Agincourt and encourage people of all ages to consider where these ideas originated, how ideas in history are used at later times and why the battle has been presented in certain ways at certain times in history. Experts will give a free mid-afternoon talk, which will feature a debate, with time for questions at the end.

Discounted entry

The Museum’s Understanding Agincourt activities will take place on Sunday 18th October and Monday 19th October 2015. Visitors to the Museum can enjoy two-for-one entry on regular Museum entry prices – with the cheapest ticket entering free of charge. All activities within the Museum will be free of charge.

Please note that on Monday 19th October 2015, schools will be taking part in the activities.

The Museum’s café kiosk will be open, plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas. Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is ample free parking.

Activities run 10.30am – 4pm and the Museum is open from 10.30am – 6pm in October (and from 10.30am – 4.00pm in February, with activities ceasing at 3pm).