Collecting Cultures: M-41A ‘Aliens’ Pulse Rifle

‘I’d like to introduce you to a close personal friend of mine. M-41A pulse-rifle. 10 millimeter, with over and under 30 millimeter...pump-action grenade launcher’. So Corporal Hicks tells Ellen Ripley in Aliens (1986). In reality, of course, that weapon doesn’t exist yet, and this prop ‘rifle’ disguises a .45 calibre M1 Thompson sub-machine gun with … Continue reading Collecting Cultures: M-41A ‘Aliens’ Pulse Rifle

Object of the Month for January: The Ming Sword

To celebrate the Chinese New Year and Spring Festival, and to kick-off our Eastern Warriors: China theme for February half-term, the Ming sword has been chosen as February’s Object of the Month by Natasha Bennett, Acting Curator of Oriental Collections. The Ming Sword This sword is one of the greatest treasures in the Oriental Collection … Continue reading Object of the Month for January: The Ming Sword