‘Remove the Head or Destroy the Brain’: A History of Zombie Slaying

Ahead of our ‘Science of Zombie Killing’ talk this October, we brush up on the many different ways to defend ourselves in the event of an outbreak of the living dead with Royal Armouries’ Curator of Firearms Jonathan Ferguson.  Is this the ideal zombie weapon? Well, not really… It wasn’t the intention of the late George Romero, a progenitor of modern zombie culture best known for his zombie apocalypse films, but a lot of us seem to enjoy the killing ofRead more

A Handy Guide to Vampires

As October rolls on and the nights draw in, ghosts, ghouls and the otherwise undead lurk around every corner. What better way to prepare for the spooky month ahead than with a crash course in vampires…just in case! Vampires have been a staple of popular culture for two centuries, from the publication of Polidori’s ‘The Vampyre’ in 1819 to Bram Stoker’s 1897 classic ‘Dracula’, to the ‘Twilight‘ and ‘I Am Legend‘ of modern day. The belief in real vampires is of course farRead more

Inspired by… Silk Scarf inspired by the Royal Armouries collection

Andie Hill is a designer of bespoke silk scarves. Originally a costumier from St Albans, Andie first became aware of the beautiful decoration, etching and engraving used in suits of armour when she created a puzzle based on Henry VIII’s silvered and engraved armour which is on display in the White Tower at the Tower of London. Fascinated by the elegance and intricacy of the craftsmanship used to decorate the armour, Andie says ‘I have always been inspired by historyRead more

Deconstructing the ‘Blade Runner’ Blaster

As we eagerly anticipate the sequel of the science fiction cult classic ‘Blade Runner’, we reacquaint ourselves with the iconic ‘Blaster pistol’ with our Curator of Firearms, Jonathan Ferguson.  Known to aficionados as the ‘PKD’ (Steyr Pflager Katsumata Series-D Blaster or the ‘LAPD 2019’) the Blade Runner blaster was designed and crafted for Harrison Ford’s weary future detective/enforcer Rick Deckard in the celebrated science fiction movie ‘Blade Runner’ (1981). After decades of fanciful directed energy weapons (lasers, phasers, and energy-based ‘blasters’),Read more

Object of the Month for October: The Ultimate Zombie Apocalypse Weapon

In this monthly blog series, our collections team write about their Object of the Month. With Halloween imminent and the chance of a so-called Zombie Apocalypse increased, Jonathan Ferguson, Curator of Firearms, nominates a surprising candidate for ‘best zombie killing weapon’. For October’s Object of the Month, I was asked to choose my favourite object from our collection – but with a twist. It had to be my favourite zombie-slaying object. I will be following this post up with one onRead more

17th century Marine Salvage Project: HMS London Guns

Why historical information is important before deciding the conservation treatment. The subject of this blog is two recently acquired guns recovered from the wreck of the Royal Navy ship HMS London. They are interesting guns for several reasons and form part of a major conservation project at Fort Nelson known as the 17th century Marine Salvage Project. (There is a third gun in this project, a 17th century composite drake gun). Understanding the object’s history is important as it canRead more