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Royal Armouries Museum

Weapons in society

Exploring the changing roles of arms and armour
26th September - 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

Throughout history and across the globe, weapons have both shaped and symbolised the societies in which humans have lived. This conference reconnects weapons with society, providing a forum for early career researchers, postgraduate researchers, and museum and heritage professionals to explore the changing cultural and social roles of arms and armour throughout history and across the globe.

The conference will act as a springboard for productive collaborations between academia and the heritage sector, with the Royal Armouries – the national collection of arms and armour – as a flagship for this initiative. For heritage professionals, it will give the opportunity to join research conversations of international significance, to actively engage with the academic process, and to highlight the ongoing contributions made by the heritage sector. For academics, it will showcase the opportunities and assistance available from institutions like the Royal Armouries, and the research benefits of getting ‘hands on’ with a world class collection.

The conference is presented by Royal Armouries, The Heritage Consortium, Northern Bridge Consortium and the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities.


These may include, but are not restricted to:

A full conference programme will be published here in due course.

Call for papers

The steering committee welcomes proposals for papers of no more than 20 minutes, based on original research from any perspective or discipline, these may include but are not restricted to the themes listed above.

Please email the conference organisers at for an application form. The closing date for submissions is Friday 25 January 2019.

The steering committee are also happy to answer questions, or to provide assistance with making submissions, via the same email address.

Tickets £5

This conference is primarily for post-graduate researchers, early career researchers and museum professionals.

Please email to register your interest, booking information will be sent by return.