This costume was worn by the character Ruta Skadi in the BBC HBO series His Dark Materials. She was the Queen of the Lake Lubana clan of witches and 416 years old. Can you spot Skadi's throwing nails near the bottom of the case?
Sisters, let me tell you what is happening, and who it is that we must fight. For there is a war coming. I don’t know who will join with us, but I know whom we must fight. It is the Magisterium....
Ruta Skadi’s speech, from The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
Watch a clip of Ruta Skadi wearing her armour in the BBC HBO production of His Dark Materials
(c) BBC HBO Clip generously provided by Bad Wolf.
To coincide with these film objects going on display, the museum is running schools sessions linked to His Dark Materials. These encourage students to reflect on the literary themes and characters in Philip Pullman's novels alongside usual interactions with the collections in the Museum and thinking about the many worlds represented through objects within the displays. Some quotes from young people about the character of Lyra are shared below. You can click on the images to enlarge them.