5th November 1851: Tower of London under fire.

Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot! English Folk Verse (c.1870) We uncover some of the interesting histories surrounding Bonfire night with Bridget Clifford, Keeper of Tower History at the Tower of London. The Times, Friday 7 November 1851 “THAMES – A great number of persons, among whom were several women, were brought before Mr. INGHAM, charged with discharging fireworks in the publicRead 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

Meet the Blacksmiths | Dangerous Arts

Suffolk-based blacksmiths Paul Stoddart from Kingdom Forge and Daniel Goodwin from Firehound Forge showcased their traditional skills at the Royal Armouries as part of our Dangerous Arts summer. We caught up with them to ask a few questions as they made a one of a kind replica medieval arming sword for the museum. Tell us a little bit about the work that you do. Dan: I’m from Firehound Forge and we’re located over in the West Midlands, we make everything fromRead more

Our ‘Knight-in-Residence’ Andy Deane at the Tournament of King John III

The museum’s ‘Knight-in-Residence’ Andy Deane is no stranger to the clattering lances and thundering hooves of the Royal Armouries annual tournament, but how does he fare when competing away from home? The Royal Armouries recently had the honour of competing in the Tournament of King John III at Gniew Castle in Poland. Here, Andy tells us about his experience.  What is the Tournament of King John III and how did the Royal Armouries come to be involved? The Tournament startedRead more

Cast in bronze: from librarian to monarch in several easy steps

There are times when answering enquiries from members of the public can lead to the most unexpected results. Stuart Ivinson, librarian at the Royal Armouries, recounts the story of how his involvement in a project ten years ago saw his own likeness immortalised as that of one of England’s greatest monarchs. 2007 marked the 700th anniversary of the death of Edward I of England, the Hammer of the Scots and one of Medieval England’s greatest monarchs. He died on July 7th,Read more

Meet the Percheron Horses

Meet the remarkable horses who will be taking part in our forthcoming Artillery on Parade event on 22 and 23 July at Fort Nelson. Find out more about the history of the breed, what makes them special and meet the horses who will take part, working alongside the volunteer groups in the re-enactments. Percheron History There are many discrepancies and disputes regarding the earliest record and exact origin of the Percheron breed. Some records date back to the 17th century,Read more