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Posted on Dec 15, 2005 in Front Page Features, Stuff We Like

Palmerston Forts – Part 4 – The Royal Armouries Museum

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And here are some great panoramic shots of the vast number of exhibits found around the Parade Ground. And these are just the external exhibits.

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The crowd of people you see in these shots were watching the Archery display, but we’ll come to that later…

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A close-up of some of the cannon from through the ages, next to a slightly more modern anti-aircraft gun of the type that was based at Fort Nelson during World War II to defend from German air raids.

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The sheer variety of weapons on display has to be seen to be believed. There are static weapons, mobile weapons…

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…from all ages. There are bronze cannon, some of them captured during various campaigns from the age of sail or Imperial expansion.

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Here are some more Mortars, albeit somewhat smaller than the one found outside the main entrance.

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Two massive wheeled artillery pieces are lined up alongside one of the WWII ammunition sheds sat behind the Fort’s Redan and Barracks on the Parade Ground.

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And yes, I even found a wooden Catapult – although I must confess that I have no idea how old this might be, or even if it is an original exhibit or a replica. I suspect the latter. To the right, another very fine bronze cannon, check out the elaborate design in the casting.

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