Weta’s Sir Richard Taylor At The Royal Armouries

Weta Pays A Royal Visit

Weta Workshop and the Royal Armouries, both featured in a recent Galatia release, are currently joining forces in a smashing event. New Zealand’s Weta has won countless awards for its work on major films such as The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, King Kong, The Last Samurai, and Hellboy. Now, in a unique exhibition, the Royal Armouries Museum is proud to present over 200 pieces of arms and armour produced by the Workshop’s craftsmen.

See, at close quarters, the weapons wielded by Gandalf, Frodo, Aragorn, Faramir, and Boromir in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter’s armour and the White Witch’s dagger from Narnia as well as pieces from King Kong, The Last Samurai, and Hellboy. There will also be a number of special events occurring around the exhibition. For full details, keep checking their website.

This is certainly a stunning exhibition displaying the craftsmanship of the Academy Award® winning Weta Workshop. Even if you’ve never heard of New Zealand’s Weta Workshop you’ll have witnessed their skill in blockbuster films including The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Narnia, The Last Samurai, and Hellboy and now brilliantly featured in the epic documentary, Reclaiming the Blade. During the RA’s major exhibition for 2008, the Museum is proudly presenting a unique display of the actual arms and armour crafted for these great films.

Also, witness a selection of pieces from The Last Samurai and King Kong’s Skull Island plus Hellboy’s famous revolver, ‘The Samaritan.’ The pieces on show have been specially selected to show the incredible levels of craftsmanship that have gone into their creation, and the inspirations which led to their design. The exhibition also gives the visitor the chance to examine pieces close-up which generally can only be seen fleetingly in action scenes and showcases both the practical considerations and the attention to detail which has gone into every single piece. It’s unlikely that this unique collection will ever be exhibited in this form again, so this represents an opportunity that should not to be missed!

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Throughout the duration of the exhibition there will be a series of related events including seminars and talks by special guests from Weta, film shows and demonstrations.


Every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the summer holidays (23rd July – 30th August) there will be plenty of activities for children of all ages. Why not bring the kids along to the Royal Armouries Museum for a ‘dangerously entertaining’ day out. Please Note: A small charge may apply to some activities.


Games workshop will be demonstrating the art of model painting and gaming at special workshops through out the summer. Check the Royal Armouries’ events calendar for details.