By Adrian Parry, University of Portsmouth. The British army fired 273,000 shells in the first 36 months of the Second Boer War. Yet in the four years of World War One, it fired over 170 million shells. This amounted to over five million tons of ordnance. In September 1915, British guns fired 535,000 artillery rounds in … Continue reading When the Barrage Lifts. How artillery developed as a decisive weapon in World War One
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 … Continue reading Meet the Percheron Horses
Welcome everybody to the wild, wild west. In the run up to our Wild West Weekend, we thought we'd introduce you to a magnificent seven of guns from our collection you may have seen in the hands of your favourite cowboys and cowgirls. Winchester 1873 Rifle Based on the 1860 Henry Repeating Rifle, the famous … Continue reading Guns of the ‘Old Wild West’
In the run up to our Spy Academy running throughout half term at Fort Nelson, Bridget Clifford recounts the stories of just some of the men held in the Tower of London on espionage charges during the First World War. NB: This post first appeared in November 2014 as part of our The Curator @ … Continue reading Spies in the Tower: Fernando Buschmann
In the run up to our Spy Academy running throughout half term at Fort Nelson, Bridget Clifford recounts the stories of just some of the men held in the Tower of London on espionage charges during the First World War. NB: This post was originally published in November 2014 as part of our The Curator … Continue reading Spies in the Tower: Carl Hans Lody
Bank holiday fun for all the family this weekend (Saturday 29 April – Monday 1 May) at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. Join us for an intriguing weekend of murder mysteries, concealed weapons and forensic science and discover the true facts and science behind Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes adventures. In ‘The Adventure of the Musgrave … Continue reading Sherlock, Stock & Barrel: Riddle Me This!