This weekend I ventured up to town to see the Agincourt exhibition at the Tower of London.
Despite having lived on the edge of London since '87 I've rarely done any of the obvious touristy things apart from some of the main museums. I have visited the Tower once before but this was on a school trip from Glasgow back some time around 1978! As I have a bit of a castle-fetish this always been a bit of an anomaly so the prospect is seeing the diorama and visiting the Tower seemed a good chance to tick it off my 'to do' list.
The Tower certainly isn't a cheap day out at £24 per ticket but certainly wasn't having any trouble packing in the tourists. As I arrived there was a Yeoman guided tour about to start but as there were about 100 tourists surrounding him I decided I could probably manage by myself. The layout is well signed and the walk around the walls and towers takes you through the history of the castle from it's founding up to WW1.
|The White Tower|
The importance of the Tower means that the records are very detailed on the whole...for example in one tower it informed visitors specifically who was incarcerated in the room and why (John Baliol for example). There was also a lot of preserved and poignant graffiti on the walls of the rooms/cells.
|Medieval Toy Soldiers...probably purchased at Ye Games Wokshoppe|
There was no photography allowed in the exhibition due to some of the light sensitive items on display (written records etc) so here are some photos I sneakily took on my phone without a flash!!
Luckily I managed to come away without the urge to start a new period, although it's probably just as well the gift shop wasn't stocking any boxes of Perry Miniatures...actually they missed a trick there! Mind you I do still have my Wars of the Roses figures to paint....