Task 4 Change over time

Lesson 5

What’s the Difference?

The English Civil War is a turning point in the development of arms and armour. Students could be asked to determine those changes using photographs of images from the Royal Armouries online collection.

Using the on-line images of Charles I’s gilt armour and Henry VIII’s armour students could be asked to compare differences and similarities in two armours which are over 100 years apart.

Then students could be asked to look at the image of the 17th-century royal armours of Charles I and James II.

Extension Activities

Students could be asked to consider:

Did you know?

Stainless Steel

Harry Brearley, chief metallurgist, of Thomas Firth & Sons of Sheffield, England, discovers martensitic chromium stainless steel in 1913 while seeking a corrosion-resistant alloy for gun barrels for the British Government.