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Royal Armouries Museum

Arms and armour
of the British Civil Wars

Thursday afternoon lecture
21st March 2019 - 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

As some of the world’s leading authorities in their fields, our curators and conservators will present an exciting range of talks on subjects as varied as the death of Richard III to the secrets behind the making of the infamous Iraqi Supergun.

Thursday 21 March
Arms and armour of the British Civil Wars
Keith Dowen – Assistant Curator of European Armour

Examining the production, use and effectiveness of 17th-century arms and armour.

With no standing army from which to obtain equipment and the nation having long been at peace, the opening months of the war in 1642 witnessed both King and Parliament vying for control of the nation’s arms stores as each sought to equip their armies as fully and quickly as possible. Although both sides drew on native arms producers, the scale of the conflict also forced them to look abroad for war materiel. Drawing upon an array of material evidence, documentary sources and artistic depictions, this talk will examine the production, use and effectiveness of the types of arms and armour used during the Civil Wars.

Time: 3pm / Duration: 45 minutes / Free