The exhibition explains how the French cavalry launched a breakthrough against Henry V’s archers, only for the attacking French to face a volley of arrows directed against them.
The arrows were loosed at a high trajectory and hit the unprotected rumps of the French horses. The horses reared unseating riders and crushing many French knights. The knights who reached the archers became easy prey for the English and Welsh men-at-arms.
It is estimated that a possible six to seven thousand French were killed in the battle, against a few hundred English and Welsh losses.
Find out more about the involvement of Welsh archers and men-at-arms at the 1415 battle of Agincourt in an informal lunchtime talk and tour of the exhibition by curator Bryan Davies on Tuesday 14 July at 1.00 pm.
The Agincourt 600 theme is also continued at the Riverfront Theatre on Friday 17 July, with the showing of the 1989 film Henry V. The film features Kenneth Branagh as the lead character.
The Agincourt 600 Wales Touring Exhibition is located on the mezzanine Floor 2 of the Newport Museum. It consists of 15 informative display panels which detail events starting from The Seeds of War and concluding with The Aftermath.
Also worth noticing and standing guard inside the first floor entrance to the museum is an impressive full sized model clothed as an archer, complete with bow and arrows. Further along in the Newport Medieval Ship section is a genuine archer’s wrist guard dating from the 15th century.
Currently on display on the same mezzanine level is another popular exhibition focussing on Newport and the First World War.
Disabled access can be made through public lifts which are available for each floor within the building. To access the mezzanine areas on the second floor by lift, please ask reception staff to key in the lift code. Access to the Museum is free.
The Agincourt 600 Wales Touring Exhibition is due to continue at Newport Museum until 24 July.