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Early gunpowder weapons

Dan Spencer
20th May - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Early gunpowder weapons 1327 – 1500

One of the most important technological developments of the Middle Ages was the adoption of gunpowder weapons in medieval Europe. From the fourteenth century onwards, this new technology was to eventually transform the conduct of warfare beyond all recognition with important implications for European and global history.

Guns came to be used in all aspects of military operations, with kings, nobles and burgesses all spending large sums of money on these prestigious weapons.

Our speaker, Dan Spencer, will explore the early history of gunpowder weapons in England from their introduction c. 1327 to the end of the fifteenth century.

Tickets cost £5 and include light refreshments.

Forthcoming Fort Talks

17 June – SOE: Sabotage and subversion / Kate Vigurs
15 July – The Deadly 88: design, deployment and demise / Phil Magrath
19 Aug – The development of anti-aircraft gunnery / Geoff Smith
16 Sept – Never at sea: Women of the WRNS / Jen Kaines
21 Oct – Bomber Command: An airman’s logbook  /  Graham Walters
18 Nov – Women of the Special Operations Executive /  Kate Vigurs
16 Dec – The German Ardennes offensive 1944  / Mike Forrest
20 Jan – Portsmouth Blitz  /  James Daly
24 Feb – The Second World War: Artillery finds new roles / Nicholas Hall
17 Mar – Gunpowder technology  / Geoff Smith


From 18 March 2020 our museums in Leeds and at Fort Nelson will be closed to visitors until further notice.