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Delft - Dutch Army Museum
Tuesday 19, Thursday 21 October 2004

That way to the Romans!

We were invited by the Dutch Army Museum (Legemuseum) in the old town of Delft to do a demonstration during two days of the school holidays this fall.
Our stand was on the top floor of the museum, next to the only Roman showcase and the old Saalburg model. But by and by most visitors found us and were happy to come and take a look. Most kids love it when they are offered to try on a helmet (or both), some overawed (not just the youngest) and some eager to test everything we got with us! And don't think these are all boys' toys, the girls also wanted to have a go!

The Army Museum on its island in the old city of Delft.
The Army Museum on its island in the old city of Delft.
We had lots of attention from the kids as well as the (grand)parents.
We had lots of attention from the kids as well as the (grand)parents.
That way to the Romans!
That way to the Romans!

At such moments, with the kids wearing helmets and trying to lift the heavy shields we usually surprise the parents as well by having them wear a helmet too. Sometimes we even found a volunteer who would dress up all the way: tunic, mail coat, sword, shield, helmet.

You're a Late Roman infantryman now, son!
You're a Late Roman infantryman now, son!
The kids just loved to watch my clumsy attempts to make sparks...
The kids just loved to watch my clumsy attempts to make sparks...
And after the weapons, most want to know about the rest of the stuff, too.
And after the weapons, most want to know about the rest of the stuff, too.
Our display.
Our display.
Roman corner.
Roman corner.

We also had civilians stuff with us, a demonstration like this is just not all about arms & armour. Glass, cups, lamps, clothing and shoes usually give a good all-round idea about daily life.

Another kid trying on one of the helmets. We find this to be one of the fastest ways to break the ice - they get to touch things!
Another kid trying on one of the helmets. We find this to be one of the fastest ways to break the ice - they get to touch things!
Letting kids (and their parents) actually try out the armour gives them a good idea..
Letting kids (and their parents) actually try out the armour gives them a good idea..
Which one would you like to try?
Which one would you like to try?
With this helmet I crown thee..
With this helmet I crown thee..
King Arthur!
King Arthur!

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