Ornately decorated and highly detailed Armour. Made from hard rubber urethane and aluminium.

Collecting Cultures: Armour in Popular Culture

Much of the public perception of arms and armour is coloured by popular culture, yet many museums have been slow to appreciate and preserve the wonderful things made for films, games and other media. In the second installment of our Collecting Cultures blog posts, we turn to examples of the armour in our collection best … Continue reading Collecting Cultures: Armour in Popular Culture

Self-loading prop pistol

Collecting Cultures: Arms in Popular Culture

In the world of arms and armour, the objects featured in contemporary popular culture are often underrepresented. Much of the public perception of arms and armour is coloured by the cultural mainstream, yet many museums have been slow to appreciate and preserve the wonderful things made for films, games and other media. For many, popular … Continue reading Collecting Cultures: Arms in Popular Culture

M-41A ‘Aliens’ Pulse Rifle

Collecting Cultures: M-41A ‘Aliens’ Pulse Rifle

‘I’d like to introduce you to a close personal friend of mine. M-41A pulse-rifle. 10 millimeter, with over and under 30 millimeter...pump-action grenade launcher’. So Corporal Hicks tells Ellen Ripley in Aliens (1986). In reality, of course, that weapon doesn’t exist yet, and this prop ‘rifle’ disguises a .45 calibre M1 Thompson sub-machine gun with … Continue reading Collecting Cultures: M-41A ‘Aliens’ Pulse Rifle

The Royal Armouries Leather In Warfare Conference

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

The Force Awakens: The Weapons Behind Star Wars.

In light of the recent teaser trailer for the eagerly anticipated ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, our curator of Firearms Jonathan Ferguson, couldn’t resist inspecting the new trailer’s weapons for both changes and similarities to their alien predecessors. Below are his expert thoughts and ponderings of the weapons of Stars Wars both past and future. … Continue reading The Force Awakens: The Weapons Behind Star Wars.