With the release of 'Dangerous Arts' the newest publication from the Royal Armouries, we are providing you with the chance to preview a sample of the book. From the earliest times, the finest craftsmen in the world created beautiful objects for their wealthiest patrons. Worn by kings and coveted by emperors, these items not only … Continue reading Preview: Dangerous Arts
As you might suspect St George makes appearances throughout our collection but never more splendidly as on the silvered and engraved armour of King Henry VII, as Keeper of Tower Armouries, Bridget Clifford, explains. You don’t get more English than St George do you? Well perhaps Henry VIII, the tubby bloke with poor marital history … Continue reading St George in the Armouries
Keeper - Tower of London, Bridget Clifford, invites you to join us on Saturday 22 April to explore the history of women and armour at our Deadlier than the Mail: Women in Armour study day at the Tower of London, in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces. In the 1970s, arms and armour were a man’s world both … Continue reading Deadlier than the Mail?
Seamus Moran, the sculptor behind our latest "Inspired by..." exhibit, tells us about the inspiration and creative process of creating "Harness". The inspiration for this piece came to me after a visit to the Tower in 1995. I was struck by the concept of armour for horses and for children which I saw as darkly … Continue reading Inspired by…Harness
The latest installment of our Object of the Month series - this November Karen Watts, Senior Curator of European Arms and Armour tells us about a WW1 story of true heroism, which highlights the effectiveness of body armour at the time
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best known as the creator of the great detective Sherlock Holmes. However, Conan Doyle also used his fame to campaign on behalf of British soldiers during the First World War. Conan Doyle's conversations with the War Office, in which he suggests equipping the troops with better shields, helmets and body armour, form … Continue reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s campaign for better armour on the Western Front: Part four