Keeper of the Tower Armouries, Bridget Clifford, continues her posts on Charles John Ffoulkes, who was Curator of the Armouries from 1913-1938 – during which he took part in the World War I civil defence of London, completed the first and last complete modern printed catalogue of the Tower collection, and created a museum infrastructure within The Tower. After … Continue reading The Curator @ War – January 1915 : Three cheers for the back-room boys!
Keeper of the Tower Armouries, Bridget Clifford, continues her posts on Charles John Ffoulkes, who was Curator of the Armouries from 1913-1938 - during which he took part in the World War I civil defence of London, completed the first and last complete modern printed catalogue of the Tower collection, and created a museum infrastructure within The Tower. After … Continue reading The Curator @ War: “Bah Humbug – stripping the Armouries decorations for Christmas” December 1914
Recently the Royal Armouries played host to a wealth of knowledge and passion as we, in partnership with the Archaeological Leather Group, held the Leather in Warfare conference here in Leeds. We were fortunate to hear from a wide variety of fantastic speakers, each providing delegates with a fascinating new perspective on leather and its … Continue reading The Royal Armouries Leather In Warfare Conference
"...They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them..." from Laurence Binyon's 'The Fallen' (first published in The Times, 21 September 1914) Last week the Royal Armouries hosted … Continue reading They That Are Left: the Royal Armouries hosts a stunning Remembrance photographic exhibition
The Royal Armouries has just acquired a very unusual piece - a vampire killing kit that was recently put up for auction in North Yorkshire. This intriguing kit comprises a mahogany casket, packed with everything a vampire hunter might need. The box is split into two tiers. The top layer contains a percussion cap pistol … Continue reading Something to get your teeth into…
The armour of the 3rd Earl of Southampton took a trip last week, from its home at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds to appear in a new exhibition, Shakespeare: Staging the World, at the British Museum in London. The Earl of Southampton is the only acknowledged patron of William Shakespeare, and this three-quarter armour was … Continue reading Southampton and Shakespeare reunited!
XVI.258A – Tower Hamlets Rifle Volunteers Officer’s Helmet Conservation work has recently commenced on a Tower Hamlets Rifle Volunteers Officer’s regimental helmet, which will shortly be going on display at the Tower of London. The helmet is of the Home Service Pattern design, introduced in May 1878. The body of the helmet is made of … Continue reading What a corker!
Today (Monday, January 23) sees the coming of the Year of the Dragon, and any Chinese Dragon stopping off to visit London’s sights might care to look up some of his occidental relatives among the exhibits in the Royal Armouries’ galleries at the Tower of London. Henry Tudor - On entering the White Tower, Henry … Continue reading Here be Dragons
One of the most popular symbols of the festive season is the Christmas tree, with its familiar fir-tree shape. Interestingly, the blades of three 16th-century Italian partizans in the Armouries’ collection all have a design in pointillé decoration which distinctly resembles this same recognisable outline of a fir tree. There is no evidence that this … Continue reading Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…
In 1857 native soldiers of the Indian Army rose up against the British Empire in what became known as the Indian Mutiny. It's often said that the cause of this unrest was the paper cartridge issued for use with the new Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle. These were greased at one end to lubricate the bullet, … Continue reading Bite the Bullet