When the Barrage Lifts…. how artillery developed as a decisive weapon in World War One

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

An introduction to the 3.7 inch Anti-Aircraft gun

Artillery on Parade at Fort Nelson takes place this coming weekend. The event will feature firings of artillery from the First and Second World Wars, plus a live-action re-enactment of an air attack and a flyover by a Messerschmitt BF-108. Here Phil Magrath, Curator of Artillery at Fort Nelson, explores one of the key exhibits over the weekend, … Continue reading An introduction to the 3.7 inch Anti-Aircraft gun

Spies in the Tower: Carl Hans Lody

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

Commemorating Queen Victoria’s Funeral, 2nd February 1901

To commemorate the anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria, this blog post takes a look at an object from our collection with a distinguished place in history, the gun carriage that carried the late Queen on her final journey from Osborne House. The day of Queen Victoria’s funeral, Saturday 2nd February 1901, came with … Continue reading Commemorating Queen Victoria’s Funeral, 2nd February 1901

In Memoriam: Lawrence Austen Impey

In Memoriam In the past, it was common for institutions such as schools, railway companies, post offices and even private businesses to create their own war memorials. They remembered those staff who had fallen in the service of their country. This year, as part of the Royal Armouries commemoration of the Armistice, we decided to … Continue reading In Memoriam: Lawrence Austen Impey