Curator of Firearms, Jonathan Ferguson, gives us a peek at just some of the fascinating research that has gone into his article: ‘Trusty Bess’: the Definitive Origins and History of the term 'Brown Bess' ‘Twas then I thought on trusty Bess; Who, tho’ I knew she was but poor, I always found a faithful Whore.’ -’Fecit … Continue reading Brown Bess: Musket or Mistress?
With the release of 'Dangerous Arts' the newest publication from the Royal Armouries, we are providing you with the chance to preview a sample of the book. From the earliest times, the finest craftsmen in the world created beautiful objects for their wealthiest patrons. Worn by kings and coveted by emperors, these items not only … Continue reading Preview: Dangerous Arts
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!
On the 2nd October 1913, the eve of the First World War, a routine report was written in the Brown-Firth Research Laboratory in Sheffield, the benefits of which we are still reaping today. Its author, Harry Brearley, chief metallurgist at Thomas Firth & John Brown Limited, had discovered Stainless Steel. Although his discovery sprang from … Continue reading The Birth of Stainless Steel
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
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