Meet Team Australia: Sarah Hay and Phillip Leitch | Royal Armouries Easter Joust

Our Easter Tournament sees jousters from across the globe compete for personal glory and international bragging rights. Ahead of this year’s joust, meet team Australia, represented this year by Sarah Hay and Phillip Leitch. Sarah Hay Motto: ‘Courage.  Passion.  Integrity.’ An equestrian since she could walk, Sarah Hay has competed in the disciplines of show hacking, dressage, side saddle, camp drafting, sporting, jumping, eventing, mounted archery and now jousting. Her passion for the joust was inspired at first sight of theRead more

Edith Garrud: The West country superwoman who created the ‘jujutsuffragettes’

Words by Bridget Clifford, Keeper of the Tower Armouries. “Physical force seems the only thing in which women have not demonstrated their equality to men, and while we are waiting for the evolution which is slowly taking place and bringing about that equality, we might just as well take time by the forelock and use science, otherwise ju-jitsu.” So wrote Mrs Edith Garrud, west country superwoman who introduced Far Eastern martial arts to the W.S.P.U. Who was Edith Garrud? 1910 was theRead more

‘Horsing around’ in the conservation lab

Words by Ellie Rowley-Conwy, Conservator, Royal Armouries.  Objects brought to us in Conservation can be chosen for treatment for a number of reasons. Sometimes it is because they are in a fragile state and interventive action is required for the long-term preservation of the piece, and sometimes it is so they can be better displayed and understood by the public. In fact both of these reasons are true for this next object that is currently being treated in the conservationRead more

Welcome to the Conservation Department at the Royal Armouries Museum

The Royal Armouries collection comprises approximately 75,000 objects, covering a complete range of arms, armour and related material, including guns, swords, armour, artillery, and polearms. The maintenance and preservation of these objects is a critical role within the museum. Dr Lauren McGhee, Conservator for the museum,  tells us a little more about some recent changes to the conservation laboratory in Leeds, and the important work carried out there. Preserving our collection The preservation of the collection is one of theRead more

Spence – The Art of War

Royal Armouries presents an exhibition of First World War paintings on loan from Preston Park Museum and Grounds at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, 11 November 2017 – 29 April 2018. Entry to the museum and exhibition is free. The exhibition focuses on a unique set of watercolours painted by Colonel G.O. Spence, Commander of the 5th Durham Light Infantry, during the First World War. Spence made a great impact as an industrialist, an army officer and mayor. He was also a passionate artist andRead more

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