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Scot Hurst

Scot is the Assistant Curator of Arms and Armour at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

After completing his degree in History (BA Hons, Sheffield Hallam University 2006 – 2009) Scot began his museum career in 2010 with English Heritage, before joining the Royal Armouries Education Department in 2013. In 2015 a new opportunity presented itself, to work more closely with the National Firearms Centre as a Firearms Assistant and civilian instructor on the Combat Infantry Course, in association with Infantry Training Centre Catterick Garrison. Scot worked on the development and delivery of the ‘Realities of War’ programme to recruits from the Parachute Regiment, Guards Regiments and line infantry, providing courses on the history of the British Infantry, the history and development of firearms, and current enemy and allied weapon systems.

In November 2017, Scot joined the Royal Armouries curatorial team as Assistant Curator of Arms and Armour. Since joining, he has been involved in several ongoing museum projects, such as organising the Weapons in Society conference in September 2019 and co-curating the Tudor Power and Glory exhibition to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold in 2020.

Scot’s main areas of interest focus are medieval daggers and knives, and he has spent the last few years researching a significant group within the Royal Armouries collection, all of which were recovered from the river Thames. Other areas of research include Henry VIII’s 1513 invasion of France and the subsequent diplomatic effort that culminated in the Field of Cloth of Gold.

Print Publications

Hurst, S. 2018. How to Read European Armor, Arms & Armour, Vol 15. No.2
Hurst, S. 2018. The Prince of Wales’ Shakespear Knife, The Field, July 2018
Hurst, S. 2019. An Indian Sporting Plug Bayonet, The Field, January 2019
Hurst, S. 2019. A Hounslow Hunting Hanger, The Field, March 2019

Digital Publications

Hurst, S. 2017. The Writhen Hilt Sword, (online) Royal Armouries
Hurst, S. 2018. The Ii Kabuto, (online) Royal Armouries