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Hands-on Heraldry

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Who are you? Create your own symbolic family crest as you learn about heraldry.

What symbols would you use to tell the world who you are? Join us in the Armour exhibition for a hands-on lesson in heraldry, and create your own family crest or coat of arms with emblems that tell a visual story about your personal history and values. Discover how protocols for coats of arms and other armorial bearings began as a way for armoured knights to identify themselves on medieval battlefields. This family activity for children aged 5 to 10 is a fun way to learn the symbolic language of heraldry, and to find out how this old tradition continues to influence modern military insignia — centuries after suits of armour became obsolete.

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