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 the world of arms and armour, the objects featured in contemporary popular culture are often underrepresented. Much of the public perception of arms and armour is coloured by the cultural mainstream, yet many museums have been slow to appreciate and preserve the wonderful things made for films, games and other media. For many, popular … Continue reading Collecting Cultures: Arms in Popular Culture
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
Having existed in one form or another for over 400 years, the Line of Kings is one of the world's oldest exhibitions. Having been re-arranged countless times over the centuries at the whims of monarchs and curators, the latest display allows visitors to enjoy some of our most spectacular items. In this series of blog … Continue reading The Line of Kings: 1685-1785
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