Enjoyed a lovely day out today with the Rotary Club at the Royal Armouries, Leeds. This is an extension to the exhibition which is housed in the Tower of London. Full of swords, guns and all types of weapons it is also an area of learning.
I came away feeling as though I had learnt something about the development of society and the way it defends itself. In many ways it was sad to see our continued dependence on weaponry. However it was also encouraging to see statistics showing that countries liek Belgium have a higher gun rate than ourselves; it was interesting to see how our police force use weaponry and forensics in protecting us; and it was interesting to view the peace room.
I also found the medievel jousting very interesting and an absolute delight to watch the birds of prey. What training goes in is amazing.
I would strongly recommend this as a good day out.
The part that I found particularly moving came at the end of the day when a 15 minute talk was given whereby an actor recounted the memories of survivors of “Operation OverLord”, the D-day landings. A few of us admitted that we were almost close to tears during it. Very powerful stuff.
It was also special to spend a day out with 9 other Rotarians, who have become great pals. We laughed, joked and simply enjoyed each others company. Days like this are special.