Part One, Conan Doyle’s letters to The Times Written by Philip Abbott, Archives and Records Manager at the Royal Armouries. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best known as the creator of the great detective Sherlock Holmes, although he received his knighthood not for his contribution to English literature, but for defending Britain’s conduct of the Boer War … Continue reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s campaign for better armour on the Western Front: Part one
Written by Phil Magrath, Curator at Fort Nelson, Portsmouth. The Royal Armouries collection of artillery was recently enhanced with the addition of a Field Howitzer of 155mm calibre (FH-70). This system was originally a collaborative project between the UK, USA and Germany, all desirous to change older systems, which, in the case of the UK, … Continue reading The arrival of the FH70 at Fort Nelson – another new acquisition!
On the 1st July 2016 a commemoration was held by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire at Huddersfield Drill Hall to honour the Yorkshire Regiments that had been engaged in the Somme Offensive 100 years earlier. After the presentation of the colours a traditional Drumhead service was held by Canon David Wilkes (Chaplain to the … Continue reading Somme 100 – Huddersfield Drill Hall Commemoration
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
“… two years in the making and ten minutes in the destroying.” The Battle of the Somme was one of the bloodiest encounters of the First World War. It is chiefly remembered for the 57,470 casualties suffered by the British Army on the first day. The battle, which raged for four and a half months, … Continue reading Yorkshire Regiments on the Somme: 1 July 1916
In 2004 a former member of the Royal Armouries staff collected this German 25 cm trench mortar from a Farm in Norfolk, where for a number of years it had been exposed to the elements and was in need of some tender loving care. On site at Royal Armouries Fort Nelson in Portsmouth, the trench mortar remained … Continue reading Conservation in action: The German 25 cm trench mortar (Minenwerfer ) 1917