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Royal Armouries Museum

Cutting edge

Friday afternoon lecture
22nd November - 2:00 am - 3:00 pm

The application of science to war from ancient to modern times

Speaker: Professor David Williams, Loughborough University

This talk will be an overview of the history from ancient to modern times of the impact of arms and armour on science and technology (and medicine) and vice versa. Using objects and images – many of which are in the three sites of the Royal Armouries – it will introduce key long-term themes and some of the key people involved. Highlighted topics will include the Enlightenment, World War 2, and the consequences of the use of arms, effect and its management.

Friday afternoon lectures

13 December Japanese armours
Diplomatic gifts sent to Europe

10 January The big bang
The development of history’s most powerful guns

24 January Rebellion and revolt
The desperate weapons of insurrection 1350-1950

14 February Daggers from the deep
Discovering the Thames daggers

13 March When Britain was in turmoil
A remarkable gun made in the Tower during the Glorious Revolution of 1688

27 March Women in war
The story of a Special Operations Executive (SOE)