In the run up to our Spy Academy running throughout half term at Fort Nelson, Bridget Clifford recounts the stories of just some of the men held in the Tower of London on espionage charges during the First World War. NB: This post was originally published in November 2014 as part of our The Curator … Continue reading Spies in the Tower: Carl Hans Lody
As you might suspect St George makes appearances throughout our collection but never more splendidly as on the silvered and engraved armour of King Henry VII, as Keeper of Tower Armouries, Bridget Clifford, explains. You don’t get more English than St George do you? Well perhaps Henry VIII, the tubby bloke with poor marital history … Continue reading St George in the Armouries
Keeper - Tower of London, Bridget Clifford, invites you to join us on Saturday 22 April to explore the history of women and armour at our Deadlier than the Mail: Women in Armour study day at the Tower of London, in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces. In the 1970s, arms and armour were a man’s world both … Continue reading Deadlier than the Mail?
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 … Continue reading 1066: Interpreting the Norman Conquest in 2016
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
Fernando Buschmann was the seventh of 11 spies shot at the Tower between November 1914 and April 1916, and at 25 years old the second youngest. A Brazilian, with German father and Danish mother, he was educated in Europe. The failure of his French aviation enterprise saw him back in Brazil. From 1912 he returned … Continue reading The Curator @ War: 19 October 1915 “Bananas & Battleships”