As you might suspect St George makes appearances throughout our collection but never more splendidly as on the silvered and engraved armour of King Henry VII, as Keeper of Tower Armouries, Bridget Clifford, explains. You don’t get more English than St George do you? Well perhaps Henry VIII, the tubby bloke with poor marital history … Continue reading St George in the Armouries
Keeper - Tower of London, Bridget Clifford, invites you to join us on Saturday 22 April to explore the history of women and armour at our Deadlier than the Mail: Women in Armour study day at the Tower of London, in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces. In the 1970s, arms and armour were a man’s world both … Continue reading Deadlier than the Mail?
Today, 14 October, marks 950 years since the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest. 1066 saw a pivotal change for England and Western Europe, changing the course of our history forever. To celebrate the 950th anniversary, the Royal Armouries is hosting a special out-of-hours lecture and two day conference at the Tower of London - 1066: Interpreting … Continue reading 1066 and Warfare
1066 and landscape change post-Conquest This October, to mark 950 years since the Norman Conquest, the Royal Armouries is hosting a public lecture and a two day conference at the Tower of London to celebrate the anniversary – 1066: Interpreting the Norman Conquest in 2016 (14-16 October) The conference aims to present the huge … Continue reading 1066: Interpreting the Norman Conquest in 2016
Behind the scenes as the Royal Armouries at the Tower prepare for Christmas, by keeper of Tower Armouries Bridget Clifford. 'Tis the season when Santa’s little elves are packing as if their lives depended on it – and museum curators are not immune from the bug. In the Royal Armouries case, the jewel that is … Continue reading “Sent under plain wrapper – Killer Chrysanthemum included”
Fernando Buschmann was the seventh of 11 spies shot at the Tower between November 1914 and April 1916, and at 25 years old the second youngest. A Brazilian, with German father and Danish mother, he was educated in Europe. The failure of his French aviation enterprise saw him back in Brazil. From 1912 he returned … Continue reading The Curator @ War: 19 October 1915 “Bananas & Battleships”