Royal Armouries

When the Royal Armouries revealed to us that they would be hosting an exhibition of iconic movie props created by the world famous WETA Workshops, we couldn’t contain ourselves.

WETA Workshops designs and produces arms and armour for films such as Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Hellboy. The exhibition titled ‘Royal Armouries Goes to the Movies’ featured weapons and armour from each of the above films, including Sauron’s helmet and Aragorn’s sword. 

Exhibits also included masks and clothing, which sparked the idea of despatching an actor dressed as an Ork to York as a publicity stunt. His visit was captured on camera, with photos posted on social media and video used for news bulletins.

Whilst in York the Ork gave visitors to the National Railway Museum a surprise, as well as shoppers in the city centre. And in an attempt to tidy himself up, he also had a hair appointment at Toni & Guys – each offering a brilliant photo opportunity. 

Attendance at the exhibition outstripped all targets, with tens of thousands of visitors excited to see movie memorabilia up close and personal.

Orks and Samurai warriors attended the red carpet premiere, along with guests from across the region, captured by paparazzi style photographers and film crews.

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