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HMNS Magna Carta Exhibit Events 2014

In February 2014, ARMA Houston received a unique invitation from the Houston Museum of Natural Science to take an ongoing part in the new exhibit celebrating next year's 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in England. The exhibit includes one of the oldest known copies of the Magna Carta from its reissue in 1217. We were given the opportunity to do several special events and monthly demonstrations for the entire six month run of the exhibit in Houston through August, which we enthusiastically accepted.

On Friday, February 14th, ARMA Houston turned out in force for the Valentine's Day grand opening of the exhibit. We got a sneak peek at the grand old Great Charter before the doors opened to the general public, at which point we were allowed to wander the halls of the museum with swords in hand to drum up interest in the evening's 45-minute longsword demonstration.

On Wednesday, February 26th, ARMA Director John Clements flew in to Houston to give a fascinating and engaging lecture and slideshow about the history of the martial arts in Medieval and Renaissance Europe. The lecture was held in the museum's giant screen theater, and we are pretty sure John now holds the record for the largest display of fechtbuch images ever! The lecture was followed by a 30-minute demonstration of sword and buckler plays from the MS I.33 Tower Fechtbuch by the members of ARMA Houston, along with some light sparring. On the following night, February 27th, John taught a special two hour public longsword class for museum members with assistance from ARMA Houston, which was very well received.

On March 8th, we put on the first of our monthly Saturday demonstrations for the Magna Carta, setting up a show and tell table and answering questions for the public throughout the day while practicing and demonstrating. We even received a visit from ARMA Advisor Professor Tom Green of Texas A&M! Click here to see our Magna Carta Demonstration schedule for upcoming dates.


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