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
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's campaign for better body armour on the Western Front, part two. (See previous post here.) Written by Philip Abbott, Archives and Records Manager at the Royal Armouries. David Lloyd George noted in his wartime memoirs that when he became Minister of Munitions that he was deluged with letters from “cranks and lunatics” … Continue reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s campaign for better armour on the Western Front: Part two: “Cranks and Lunatics”
On 29th June, at the Thomas Del Mar sale, the Royal Armouries purchased a rare breastplate by a famous family of armourers, the Missaglia family. The breastplate is stamped with the armourer’s mark of the Missaglia family: a Lombardic ‘M’ under a split cross on the right shoulder. The Missaglia’s were the foremost armourers of … Continue reading New acquisition: the Missaglia Breastplate