Three-quarter armour (1550)

The Knight is Young | Armours of Childhood

There has been much academic debate as to the nature of childhood and children's experiences throughout the ages. As few children set down accounts of their lives and innermost thoughts, we often rely on their surviving possessions to build a picture of the worlds they inhabited. Today we share just a few of the artefacts … Continue reading The Knight is Young | Armours of Childhood

Armet - The Horned Helmet (1512)

The Must-See Objects of the Tudor Court in the Royal Armouries Collection

The Tudor dynasty (1485-1603) is one of the best known and most studied periods in English history. From the unsettling conflicts of the Wars of the Roses to the succession crisis following Henry VIII’s death, the saga has all the makings of a Shakespearian tragedy. The story of the Royal Armouries collection is closely linked … Continue reading The Must-See Objects of the Tudor Court in the Royal Armouries Collection

Point of sword, with twist pattern.

Cutting Edge Fantasy | Damascus Steel & Valyrian Steel

Following the season finale of HBO's epic 'Game of Thrones', Stefan Maeder, Director of Collections here at the Royal Armouries gives us a fascinating insight into the legendary traits of Valyrian steel and it's real life parallel - Damascus Steel.  Damascus Steel, A Myth? All attempts at “myth-busting” are doomed to fail when it comes to … Continue reading Cutting Edge Fantasy | Damascus Steel & Valyrian Steel

Andy, representing the Royal Armouries

Our ‘Knight-in-Residence’ Andy Deane at the Tournament of King John III

The museum’s ‘Knight-in-Residence’ Andy Deane is no stranger to the clattering lances and thundering hooves of the Royal Armouries annual tournament, but how does he fare when competing away from home? The Royal Armouries recently had the honour of competing in the Tournament of King John III at Gniew Castle in Poland. Here, Andy tells … Continue reading Our ‘Knight-in-Residence’ Andy Deane at the Tournament of King John III