HMNS Magna Carta Exhibit Events 2014
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.