Boys of all ages from cradle to the grave hae a natural affinity to soldiers and weapons. It is this precept that draws people in and maybe the reason for its failings. The is a feeling that those responsible for the layout have dropped items in a place without full thought or possible laziness. Displaying items beautufully in a case is simply not enough. The information cards relating to specific items varied from limited to detailed. One German WW II pistol was described as inefficient yet no reason was given for its suupposed failings. However many allied serviceman would use these captured weapons rather than their own issue due to its relability. One minature pistol so small it would fit in the palm of a baby's hand, yet this is used by numerous american police officcers as a back up. I want to know whaty makes this item so effective yet there was no further information
One suit of armour was described as being one of the best example of its type in the world. May I suggest the curators compare it with a broad range housed in the Graz (Austria) armoury where it will pale into insignificance.
The self defence gallery showed nothing that approached its title. Rather the opposite as the weapons are acutely aggresive.
Some displays cabinets were well laid out yet others seemed to be along small almost hidden corridors and easily missed.
When it is good it is very good but the bad bits are awful.
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