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    Red Fort display, Delhi

    Hi,

    For anyone interested here is a selection of what's on display at the Red Fort in Delhi.

    After being herded through that "museum" like cattle in 40°+ temperature I have a new found respect for anyone able to march 20 miles in a day and fight effectively wearing thick woollen uniform coats and stocks.

    Some of the items were very poorly looked after and badly displayed. The descriptions were basic to say the least and sometimes hilarious.

    The pictures are probably going to be poor quality but if anyone is really interested I'll be happy to sort out some better quality images somehow.

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    And some of the noisier types.

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    Nice.
    I expected more really weird weaponry, but I was surprised by the Schwarzlose MG 07.
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    Simple and effective displays. At least you can get rather close to the objects unlike museums I'm used to where more is spent on cabinets and huge printing and very few actual objects.
    War Museum being one and the ROM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Mathieson View Post
    Simple and effective displays. At least you can get rather close to the objects unlike museums I'm used to where more is spent on cabinets and huge printing and very few actual objects.
    War Museum being one and the ROM.
    The pictures seem deceptively calm but I went through that place at a jog if not a run at some stages
    I had no time at all to look with my eyes. It was a conveyor belt of taking pictures and getting the hell out!

    The pressure of people was really unbelievable.

    P. S. Not being precious about it in any way. Just explaining the difficulties in getting these pictures. It was still a massive privilege to see it.
    Last edited by james.elstob; 07-13-2017 at 01:25 PM.

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    May as well post the rest

    Or..... Maybe tomorrow wheb my uploading is working again.
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    Hi James, yes please post the rest, I had exactly the same experience there a couple of years ago, the exhibits are fading away as fast as the history of the British Raj, great shame. If anyone's planning a trip to Cairo I thoroughly recommend a visit to the Arms Museum within Abdeen Palace, without doubt THE best collection of edged weapons and firearms I've seen outside the UK in years, sadly couldn't take photos, it was the late King's Farouk's personal collection, hundreds of mainly British arms, with a couple of gold plated Mauser C96 Broomhandles to drool over!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Mathieson View Post
    Simple and effective displays. At least you can get rather close to the objects unlike museums I'm used to where more is spent on cabinets and huge printing and very few actual objects.
    War Museum being one and the ROM.
    Going through any US Park Service run museum including the Smithsonian Museums is now next to a joke. Copies, facsimiles, castings and large boards with useless general off the web information. I tried to speak with Park Service officers about Virginia Manufactory of Arms while visiting Tredegar iron works. They knew next to nothing about it. Tredeger Iron Works stands on the grounds of the VMA, unbelievable. The VMA is one of the first armories for defence of US, started 1803. The Smithsonian was stunned I did not drive 1800 miles to see copies. Eric

    The privately funded and run Jamestown museum are a must in US. Many artifacts and knowledgeable friendly people with lots of information andwant to hear your point of view. I highly recommend it. Nothing like our government funded and run institutions.
    Last edited by Eric Fairbanks; 07-13-2017 at 04:34 PM.
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    2nd attempt

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