When the Barrage Lifts. How artillery developed as a decisive weapon in World War One

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

An introduction to the 3.7 inch Anti-Aircraft gun

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

Cast in bronze: from librarian to monarch in several easy steps

There are times when answering enquiries from members of the public can lead to the most unexpected results. Stuart Ivinson, librarian at the Royal Armouries, recounts the story of how his involvement in a project ten years ago saw his own likeness immortalised as that of one of England's greatest monarchs. 2007 marked the 700th anniversary … Continue reading Cast in bronze: from librarian to monarch in several easy steps

Object of the Month for July: Hungarian and Highland Broad Sword Manual

In this monthly blog series, our collections team will write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. This month, Stuart Ivinson, librarian, tells us about one of our latest acquisitions, 'Hungarian and Highland Broad Sword', a gorgeously engraved fencing manual used by the great and the good of Georgian society. The Artist … Continue reading Object of the Month for July: Hungarian and Highland Broad Sword Manual