These range from ancient Bronze Age spear heads to Roman artefacts and a locally found Viking sword. Numerous examples of medieval suits of armour, chainmail, maces, axes, and primitive firearms are also on display.
The English Civil War section has many artefacts ranging from matchlock muskets and Pike-men’s armour to Cavalier clothing and marching drums. One of the country’s finest collections of 17th-18th century swords can also be seen. The aptly named ‘Wall of Steel’ on display in the entrance consists of peasant’s weapons, pikes, lances and spontoons.
This section is rounded off by Napoleonic period cannon, mortar bombs, naval dirks and cutlasses.