Spence: The Art of War

Spence – The Art of War focuses on a unique set of watercolours painted by Colonel G.O. Spence, Commander of the 5th Durham Light Infantry, during the First World War. The exhibition is on display at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds until the end of April 2018. Who was Colonel Spence? Colonel Gilbert Ormerod Spence DSO was born in 1879 to Herbert Grant Spence and Elizabeth Dorothea Spence in Stockton-on-Tees. To give a little insight into his family’s history, when researchingRead more

The must-see objects from Late Medieval Europe in the Royal Armouries Collection

This weekend (7 & 8 April) the Royal Armouries will be hosting a Wars of the Roses-themed weekend exploring the history of one of late medieval Europe’s most bloody conflicts. The Wars of the Roses were a series of bitter, bloody battles fought in England from 1455 – 1485. This thirty-year period of sporadic warfare and constant political intrigue between the House of Lancaster, the Red Rose, and the House of York, the White Rose, tore the kingdom apart. HereRead more

Meet Team England: Andy Deane and Nicky Willis| Royal Armouries Easter Joust

Our annual Easter Tournament sees jousters from across the globe compete for personal glory and international bragging rights. Ahead of this year’s joust, meet team England, represented this year by Andy Deane and Nicky Willis.   Team England are sponsored by HESCO.  Andy Deane Motto: Fortis Labore (Strong work) As a key member of the Royal Armouries Museum’s live interpretation team for over 20 years, Andy uses his combat and performance skills every day to bring history to life for our visitors.Read more

Meet Team France: Luc Petillot and Marie Baron| Royal Armouries Easter Joust

Our annual Easter Tournament sees jousters from across the globe compete for personal glory and international bragging rights. Ahead of this year’s joust, meet team France, represented this year by Luc Petillot and Marie Baron.  Luc Petillot Motto: ‘Meus honor est fides’ (My honor is my faith) Luc has been jousting since 1999 and is one of the key members in the International Jousting League. He is the founder and manager of the group ‘Excalibur Ile de France’, a renowned medieval re-enactmentRead more

The Ii Naomasa Kabuto

In this monthly blog series, our collections team write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. In this blog post, Assistant Curator Scot Hurst traces the fascinating history of the Ii Naomasa Kabuto. The Oriental Gallery of the Royal Armouries here in Leeds is home to a phenomenal collection of Japanese arms and armour. When faced with such a visually arresting display of brightly lacquered armour, moustachioed faceplates and gleaming blades, it is sometimes easy to overlook the moreRead more

Meet Team Poland: Krystian Mroz and Lukasz Dutkiewicz| Royal Armouries Easter Joust

Our annual Easter Tournament sees jousters from across the globe compete for personal glory and international bragging rights. Ahead of this year’s joust, meet team Poland, represented this year by Krystian Mroz and Lukasz Dutkiewicz. They are sponsored by the Polish Cultural Institute and Embassy of the Republic of Poland Lukasz Dutkiewicz Łukasz lives in Kanie Helenowskie, which is a small town just 20km from the centre of Warsaw, where he co-runs a stables and riding school Pa-Ta-Taj. Together with his wife Zuzanna and her family they currently own around 100 horses and ponies. They train horses and people for sports like showRead more