The museum has recently acquired a poleaxe dated from the 16th Century. This was a regular English Civil War battlefield weapon, alongside swords and bows. Polaxes are rgularly used for foot combat, however this example is designed for mounted combat when a sword is inadequate.
Alongside the axe we have a an example of a skull that has been attacked with similar weapons. The skull is a 3D print of a real skull and shows the amount of damage that weapons like a poleaxe or hammer can do to the human head.
The two blows taken to the head in this example would have left the victim blind in his right eye, yet he managed to survive the attack and live for some considerably time afterwards.