Conservation of Captain William Siborne’s large-scale Waterloo model is underway at the Royal Armouries in Leeds in advance of the bicentenary of the battle. The model is in fairly good overall condition considering its age (about 170 years), but it has understandably suffered damage over the years. Some of the soldiers’ weapons have been bent, … Continue reading Siborne’s Waterloo model: Reuniting soldiers with their swords
The proposed attack of the ‘Easter bunnies’ was clearly intended - though very well thought out and well planned - as an April Fool. Making this a 100 year old joke! The Letter was sent to the War Office and was opened by a Major C.P Deedes of the Kings Own Light Infantry, who was … Continue reading APRIL FOOL!
On this day in 1915, the then Major CP Deedes, member of the King's Own Light Infantry, currently G.H.Q (General Headquarters Staff) at the War Office, received a very unusual letter suggesting a new alternative "method of warfare". Rabbits. Around 200-300 Rabbits as a guideline. This is a real letter, sent to the war office in April 1915, suggesting that … Continue reading Unusual War Efforts: Attack of the Easter-bunnies!
Why do war memorials look the way they do? The War Memorials Trust estimates that there are 100,000 war memorials in the UK, and many of them follow a similar range of designs. There's the statue of an infantryman, as in the memorial in Otley. There's the Cenotaph style memorials that mimic the original design … Continue reading War memorials
"...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 … Continue reading They That Are Left: the Royal Armouries hosts a stunning Remembrance photographic exhibition
Photographer Marc Wilson, talks about the opening of The Last Stand and the importance of his project, after the loss of one his photographed locations. Last week the first solo show of my photographic exhibition, The Last Stand, opened at The Royal Armouries Museum, Fort Nelson, focusing on some of the last physical remnants of … Continue reading The Last Stand Opens, as a Landmark is Lost…
We spoke to photographer and Terry O’Neill award winner Marc Wilson, to find out more about The Last Stand exhibition, which opens at the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson on Friday, 3 May. What was your Inspiration for the work? Initially the project came out of a small body of work called Abandoned that I … Continue reading The Last Stand
Sound artist, Amie Slavin, brings the multi-sensory, sound-based installation, Other Ranks, to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, this November to form part of our Remembrance events. Amie gives us an insight into what to expect… Other Ranks is a project aiming to tell the civilian public how life is for ‘squaddies’ and helping to … Continue reading Introducing Other Ranks…
At Christmas 1914, the teenage Princess Mary, daughter of King George V and Queen Mary, wanted to send a ‘gift from the Nation’ to all who were away from home for Christmas, fighting for our freedom. An advertisement in the national press invited contributions for a ‘Sailors & Soldiers Christmas Fund’. Following a generous response … Continue reading Christmas Box
In 1857 native soldiers of the Indian Army rose up against the British Empire in what became known as the Indian Mutiny. It's often said that the cause of this unrest was the paper cartridge issued for use with the new Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle. These were greased at one end to lubricate the bullet, … Continue reading Bite the Bullet