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Is this the coolest internship around? Royal Armouries welcomes its latest ‘Knight’s Apprentice’

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Two viking and saxon warriors in mail armour and helmets face off with spear, sword and shield

The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds is excited to welcome the next recruit for its Live Interpretation Internship. Richard Thirlwall will be learning all aspects of the daily live events programme but will be focussing on historical combat demonstrations alongside the museum’s renowned team, this will include fighting in full replica armour.

Now in its second year, the internship programme offers drama and stage fighting students the opportunity to consolidate their training under the supervision of the Royal Armouries’ experienced team, and to perform to the public on a daily basis as part of the museum’s busy event programme.

Richard has previously worked at the Royal Armouries in the Visitor Services team and has a background in acting and stage combat. Richard said: “It is a real honour to be chosen for this unique internship. The Royal Armouries live interpretation programme is world leading and the learnings I take from the experienced staff at the museum will help me to reach the next step in my career.”

Mark Jackson, Events and Informal Learning Manager added: “We are delighted to welcome Richard to our live interpretation team here in Leeds. Live demonstrations and performance are hardwired into our flagship museum, with indoor stages and combat areas in our galleries, alongside our purpose-built outdoor jousting arena.

The Royal Armouries is renowned for its live interpretation programme, especially combat demonstrations, with our ‘house style’ of stage fighting pioneered by the late John Waller who mentored a number of our staff still working at the museum today. Richard is definitely going to get put through his paces over the next few months, but we hope this is a really unforgettable experience for him that will really help further his career in the industry.”

Home to the national collection of arms and armour, the Royal Armouries extensive collection comprises approximately 75,000 objects spanning through history and the world. Its flagship museum in Leeds opened in 1996 with an aim to bring its unique collection to life through live interpretation, including talks, tours, dramatic performances, combat demonstrations, and a world-famous international jousting tournament taking place each year in the museum’s purpose-built Tiltyard arena.

For more information about the Royal Armouries, please visit our website.


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