October Fort talk: How to kill a vampire

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October Fort talk: How to kill a vampire

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Date(s) - 23/10/2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson
Portsdown Hill Road,
PO17 6AN.

Event Description

The Royal Armouries museum at Fort Nelson will host the latest in a series of Fort Talks on Wednesday 23 October with guest speaker, the Royal Armouries Curator of Firearms Jonathan Ferguson.

Jonathan has a particular interest in the folklore and mythology of arms and armour as well as popular culture and the supernatural.

Today vampires are largely fodder for movies, books and Halloween costumes. They drink human blood, have fangs and are warded off by garlic or a stake through the heart.  But for many centuries anecdotal records describe actual eye witness accounts of vampires terrorising villages.

During the talk Jonathan Ferguson will explain the history of vampire slaying in both folklore and fiction, from the iconic wooden stake to garlic.  He will also share his research into the mysterious ‘vampire killing kits’ and how they fit into this larger tradition of supernatural self-defence.  During the evening visitors will have the opportunity to see up close a Vampire Slaying Kit, usually on display in the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds.

Date:              Wednesday 23 October 2019                                                       

Time:               7:30 pm – 9 pm                                                                                        

Tickets:          £5 per person which includes refreshments

Tickets are available in advance from the Royal Armouries website: royalarmouries.org/event/fort-talks or from the Fort Nelson Visitor Centre.

The Royal Armouries museum was opened in 1984, and today is one of the largest artillery museums in the UK. Set within 19 acres, there is so much to see and explore, including the ramparts, parade, tunnels, galleries and Café 1871. The Fort is open from 10 am – 5 pm daily (April – October) and 10 am – 4 pm (November – March). Admission is free, parking £3.

Event Contact Information

Website Address: https://royalarmouries.org/event/how-to-kill-a-vampire/
Contact Telephone Number: 01329233734

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