In today’s blog, Peter Smithurst, Curator Emeritus of Historical Firearms at The Royal Armouries explains the difference between a penknife and a pocket knife. I was asked recently about terminology in cutlery, especially pen and pocket knives. Firstly, when is a penknife a pocket knife? Traditionally a penknife was used of course for cutting a … Continue reading When is a penknife a pocket knife?
In this monthly blog series, our collections team will write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. This month Bridget Clifford, Keeper of the Tower Armouries, examines the very different histories of two Lord Kitchener documents in the Royal Armouries’ collection, which form part of a new display at the Tower of … Continue reading Object of the Month for August: Britain’s Greatest Soldier
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
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
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