Warrior Treasures: The Grave of the Wollaston Warrior

As part of our blog series surrounding our upcoming exhibition 'Warrior Treasures: Saxon Gold of the Staffordshire Hoard'  Claudia Rogers - PhD placement student at the Royal Armouries in Leeds - writes on the grave discoveries of the Wollaston Warrior. Discover more at our exhibition conference day, Saturday 11th June, find more details on our micro-site http://warrior-treasures.uk/ The … Continue reading Warrior Treasures: The Grave of the Wollaston Warrior

Meet the Jouster: Stacy Van Dolah-Evans #TeamEngland

  Age: 40 High: 5'11 Weight: 12.5 stone Armour: Burgundian Export 1475-1490 Motto: Mors Aut Gloria – Death or Glory Jousting: 16 years Strengths: experience in Jousting & Melee. Won the Royal Armouries melee at the Easter Tournament 2015. Weakness: NONE! (Perhaps overconfidence?) Stacy is the producer of the International Tournament of Arundel Castle and … Continue reading Meet the Jouster: Stacy Van Dolah-Evans #TeamEngland

The Royal Armouries Museum celebrates 20 years in Yorkshire

Today, 15th March 2016, marks twenty years since the official opening of the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1996. The doors were opened to the general public the following April. The building, designed by renowned architect Derek Walker (chief architect for Milton Keynes development), became the first national museum with its … Continue reading The Royal Armouries Museum celebrates 20 years in Yorkshire

Meet the jouster: Marc Hamel #TeamFrance

  Age: 48 Weight: 84kg Height: 1.8m  (5' 9) Jousting since: 2006 Team: France Personal best/highlights: Team Champion of the Lys d‘argent (Quebec,Canada) 2012 Honour of Chivalry of the King John III (Poland) 2013 Champion of the Revel (California,USA) 2014 Motto: "Allons-y" meaning "Let's go" Strength: Honour Weakness: Caring for opponents By Day: Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, armourer and … Continue reading Meet the jouster: Marc Hamel #TeamFrance

Meet the jouster: Michael Sadde of #TeamFrance

Age: 36 Height: 1.82m (5'9) Weight: 82kg Jousting since: 2009 Team: France Motto: "Pro Rege saepe" (For my King, always) Strength: competitive but values teamwork Weakness: sometimes too passionate By day: Michael is CEO of  Le Domaine des Écuyers, a riding school near Sainte-Gemmes-le-Robert and president of historical re-enactment group Les Ecuyers de l'histoire. By Knight: Organizer of … Continue reading Meet the jouster: Michael Sadde of #TeamFrance

Indian Arms and Armour: Physical, Spiritual and Mythological

Written by Natasha Bennett , Acting Curator (Oriental Collections). Throughout the course of human history, arms and armour have featured strongly as a part of Indian cultural tradition and interaction. If one considers the great Hindu narratives of The Mahabhrata and The Ramayana, for example, the heroes, villains, gods and demons portrayed therein employ or inhabit a huge … Continue reading Indian Arms and Armour: Physical, Spiritual and Mythological

Hall of Steel Cleaning: a ‘Call to Arms’

Written by Andrew Brown, Head of Estates and Facilities at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. After a number of years the Hall of Steel desperately needed a spring clean. This in itself posed a challenge due to the height and access difficulties to the Hall, in addition to closing down the area and restricting visitor access. … Continue reading Hall of Steel Cleaning: a ‘Call to Arms’

“Sent under plain wrapper – Killer Chrysanthemum included”

Behind the scenes as the Royal Armouries at the Tower prepare for Christmas, by keeper of Tower Armouries Bridget Clifford. 'Tis the season when Santa’s little elves are packing as if their lives depended on it – and museum curators are not immune from the bug.  In the Royal Armouries case, the jewel that is … Continue reading “Sent under plain wrapper – Killer Chrysanthemum included”