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

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