Meet team England

Our annual Easter Tournament sees jousters from across the globe compete for personal glory and international bragging rights. Ahead of this year’s joust, meet team England, represented this year by Andy Deane and Nicky Willis.   Team England are sponsored by HESCO.  Andy Deane Motto: Fortis Labore (Strong work) As a key member of the Royal Armouries Museum’s live interpretation team for over 20 years, Andy uses his combat and performance skills every day to bring history to life for our visitors.Read more

Meet team France

Our annual Easter Tournament sees jousters from across the globe compete for personal glory and international bragging rights. Ahead of this year’s joust, meet team France, represented this year by Luc Petillot and Marie Baron.  Luc Petillot Motto: ‘Meus honor est fides’ (My honor is my faith) Luc has been jousting since 1999 and is one of the key members in the International Jousting League. He is the founder and manager of the group ‘Excalibur Ile de France’, a renowned medieval re-enactmentRead more

The Ii Naomasa Kabuto

In this monthly blog series, our collections team write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. In this blog post, Assistant Curator Scot Hurst traces the fascinating history of the Ii Naomasa Kabuto. The Oriental Gallery of the Royal Armouries here in Leeds is home to a phenomenal collection of Japanese arms and armour. When faced with such a visually arresting display of brightly lacquered armour, moustachioed faceplates and gleaming blades, it is sometimes easy to overlook the moreRead more

Meet team Poland

Our annual Easter Tournament sees jousters from across the globe compete for personal glory and international bragging rights. Ahead of this year’s joust, meet team Poland, represented this year by Krystian Mroz and Lukasz Dutkiewicz. They are sponsored by the Polish Cultural Institute and Embassy of the Republic of Poland Lukasz Dutkiewicz Łukasz lives in Kanie Helenowskie, which is a small town just 20km from the centre of Warsaw, where he co-runs a stables and riding school Pa-Ta-Taj. Together with his wife Zuzanna and her family they currently own around 100 horses and ponies. They train horses and people for sports like showRead more

Meet team Australia

Our Easter Tournament sees jousters from across the globe compete for personal glory and international bragging rights. Ahead of this year’s joust, meet team Australia, represented this year by Sarah Hay and Phillip Leitch. Sarah Hay Motto: ‘Courage.  Passion.  Integrity.’ An equestrian since she could walk, Sarah Hay has competed in the disciplines of show hacking, dressage, side saddle, camp drafting, sporting, jumping, eventing, mounted archery and now jousting. Her passion for the joust was inspired at first sight of theRead more

The role of women in the First World War

This year marks both the centenary of the end of the First World War and of the passing of the Representation of the People Act, allowing some women the right to vote for the first time. Here we take a look at just a few of the remarkable images from our archives showing women at work on the Home Front and beyond, the images reveal the essential role women played in the war effort. The lives of many women changedRead more