The Line of Kings: 1869-2011

Having existed in one form or another for over 400 years, the Line of Kings is one of the world’s oldest exhibitions. Having been re-arranged countless times over the centuries at the whims of monarchs and curators, the latest display allows visitors to enjoy some of our most spectacular items. In today’s post, we’ll continue the story of how the Line of Kings transformed between 1869 and 2011.  Despite its great public appeal, the New Horse Armoury was causing theRead more

Object of the Month for July: Hungarian and Highland Broad Sword Manual

In this monthly blog series, our collections team will write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. This month, Stuart Ivinson, librarian, tells us about one of our latest acquisitions, ‘Hungarian and Highland Broad Sword’, a gorgeously engraved fencing manual used by the great and the good of Georgian society. The Artist and the Fencing Master This year we have added a very rare book to our special collection of fencing manuals, Hungarian and Highland Broad Sword,Read more

1066: Interpreting the Norman Conquest in 2016

1066 and landscape change post-Conquest This October, to mark 950 years since the Norman Conquest, the Royal Armouries is hosting a public lecture and a two day conference at the Tower of London to celebrate the anniversary – 1066: Interpreting the Norman Conquest in 2016 (14-16 October)    The conference aims to present the huge changes that have taken place in the interpretation of the Norman Conquest, bringing together distinguished scholars; experts in many fields. The conference will explore theRead more

They That Are Left: the Royal Armouries hosts a stunning Remembrance photographic exhibition

“…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 the opening of photographer Brian David Stevens’ ‘They That Are Left’ exhibition, an inspiring ten-year project comprising of portrait photographs of war veterans, taken eachRead more

Line of Kings: Exhibiting in the 21st century

Karen Whitting, Head of Creative Programmes, talks about bringing the Line of Kings exhibition into the 21st century. While the work on display mounts such as the figures from H&H has been continuing off site, the installation of the exhibition has been taking shape in the White Tower over the past three weeks. One of the main design aims has been to allow visitors to enjoy the iconic building of the White Tower as well as the new Line ofRead more

Southampton and Shakespeare reunited!

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 recorded being worn by the Earl in a portrait. From this evidence historians were able to accurately establish the provenance of the piece. This beautifulRead more