The proposed attack of the ‘Easter bunnies’ was clearly intended - though very well thought out and well planned - as an April Fool. Making this a 100 year old joke! The Letter was sent to the War Office and was opened by a Major C.P Deedes of the Kings Own Light Infantry, who was … Continue reading APRIL FOOL!
On this day in 1915, the then Major CP Deedes, member of the King's Own Light Infantry, currently G.H.Q (General Headquarters Staff) at the War Office, received a very unusual letter suggesting a new alternative "method of warfare". Rabbits. Around 200-300 Rabbits as a guideline. This is a real letter, sent to the war office in April 1915, suggesting that … Continue reading Unusual War Efforts: Attack of the Easter-bunnies!
Conservation of Captain William Siborne’s remarkable model of the battlefield of Waterloo is now underway at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. The model, which was completed in 1843, shows – in marvellous detail – the battlefield as it was at around 1:30pm on 18 June 1815. It is more than five metres long and two … Continue reading Conservation Live! at the Royal Armouries: Siborne’s Waterloo Model
This February half term, why not take the opportunity to come to Leeds and experience a glimpse of the world of the Japanese warrior? The Royal Armouries holds a wonderfully rich collection of Japanese objects, and many of these are on show in the Oriental Gallery. Through these pieces, we can see how the distinctive … Continue reading Eastern Warriors: Japan – Medieval and Modern!
Saturday 7 February, the Royal Armouries will host a highly anticipated seminar day on ‘Fakes & Forgeries’. (#RAFakes) Karen Watts, Senior Curator of Armour and Art at the Royal Armouries, is conducting a lecture at the event, so I asked her to talk a little about what the day will contain and some background information … Continue reading Fakes and Forgeries: in conversation with Karen Watts
Keeper of the Tower Armouries, Bridget Clifford, continues her posts on Charles John Ffoulkes, who was Curator of the Armouries from 1913-1938 – during which he took part in the World War I civil defence of London, completed the first and last complete modern printed catalogue of the Tower collection, and created a museum infrastructure within The Tower. After … Continue reading The Curator @ War – January 1915 : Three cheers for the back-room boys!
Keeper of the Tower Armouries, Bridget Clifford, continues her posts on Charles John Ffoulkes, who was Curator of the Armouries from 1913-1938 – during which he took part in the World War I civil defence of London, completed the first and last complete modern printed catalogue of the Tower collection, and created a museum infrastructure within The Tower. After … Continue reading Curator @ War: The Curator Goes to War – British toys for British boys
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a curator of artillery? Perhaps you have always wanted to know what was in a ‘vampire killing kit’, or speculated as to why the White Tower has two mummified cats in its collection! Well now’s your chance to find out and ask the experts directly … Continue reading Ask A Curator Day Wednesday 17 September 2014
With Halloween imminent and the chance of a so-called Zombie Apocalypse increased, our Visitor Experience Team have been exploring the different weapons and methods, that could be used to battle the living dead. In a light-hearted blog, our team have identified the best and worst weapons within the Royal Armouries’ collection to defeat a zombie…. … Continue reading How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse…
The Royal Armouries has just acquired a very unusual piece - a vampire killing kit that was recently put up for auction in North Yorkshire. This intriguing kit comprises a mahogany casket, packed with everything a vampire hunter might need. The box is split into two tiers. The top layer contains a percussion cap pistol … Continue reading Something to get your teeth into…