The Battle of Jutland: an eyewitness account of the largest sea battle in history

The 31 May/1 June marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland. It was the only major First World War fleet action fought between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet, and the largest sea battle in history. Our Archives and Records Manager, Philip Abbot, uncovers some of the details of … Continue reading The Battle of Jutland: an eyewitness account of the largest sea battle in history

Warrior Treasures: meet Dr Sue Brunning of The British Museum

The Royal Armouries ‘Warrior Treasures: Saxon Gold of the Staffordshire Hoard’ temporary exhibition opens TODAY until the 2nd October 2016. To complement the exhibition, Royal Armouries is running a blog series providing behind the scenes details on how these fascinating items were discovered, conserved, and prepared for the exhibition. In this post Dr Sue Brunning of The British Museum talks about what about … Continue reading Warrior Treasures: meet Dr Sue Brunning of The British Museum

An exciting new library acquisition…

Stuart Ivinson, Assistant Librarian at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, writes about an exciting new addition to our literary collection.  The library at the Royal Armouries in Leeds has recently acquired a rare and beautiful addition to it’s Special Collection of historical fencing manuals. The book in question is a first edition, published in 1765, of Domenico Angelo’s  The … Continue reading An exciting new library acquisition…

The Royal Armouries Museum celebrates 20 years in Yorkshire

Today, 15th March 2016, marks twenty years since the official opening of the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1996. The doors were opened to the general public the following April. The building, designed by renowned architect Derek Walker (chief architect for Milton Keynes development), became the first national museum with its … Continue reading The Royal Armouries Museum celebrates 20 years in Yorkshire

Meet the jouster: Marc Hamel #TeamFrance

  Age: 48 Weight: 84kg Height: 1.8m  (5' 9) Jousting since: 2006 Team: France Personal best/highlights: Team Champion of the Lys d‘argent (Quebec,Canada) 2012 Honour of Chivalry of the King John III (Poland) 2013 Champion of the Revel (California,USA) 2014 Motto: "Allons-y" meaning "Let's go" Strength: Honour Weakness: Caring for opponents By Day: Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, armourer and … Continue reading Meet the jouster: Marc Hamel #TeamFrance