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?

First commercial steel melting

Benjamin Huntsman of Sheffield is widely credited with the first commercial melting of steel in around 1740, using his crucible process. However, the melting of steel had long been practiced in central Asia and India and was known as Damascus steel.