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Royal Armouries Museum

Weapons in society

Academic conference
26th January 2023, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

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This one-day academic conference at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds presents the latest research from the field of arms and armour. The event offers an opportunity, particularly for museum professionals, postgraduates, early career researchers, and independent scholars, to meet, share ideas, and network.

Royal Armouries gratefully acknowledges the support of Northern Bridge Consortium, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the Society for the History of War.


Registration: 9:15 – 9:45
Conference close: 18:00

Keynote speaker

Dr Sue Brunning, Curator, European Early Medieval Collections, British Museum
Comforter in battle: Experiencing war-gear in early medieval England.

Accepted papers include:

Curating after conflict: Displaying the visible evidence of violence in museums.
Siobhán Doyle, National Museums Ireland

‘I intended to kill him … because I did not believe in presidents over us.’ Motives and means during the era of assassination, 1848-1914.
Lisa Traynor, Royal Armouries

The evolving relationship of art during conflict, expressed through trench art: From modernity to the contemporary.
Callum Chamberlain, Kingston University

A cut above?: Swords, swordsmanship, and status in the Company of Masters of Defence, c. 1540-1600.
Jacob Deacon, University of Leeds

‘Jane Loder, widowe, to provide a harnes, bowe and arrows’: The military obligations of widows and noblewomen in Henrician England, 1509-47.
Samantha Nelson, Manchester Metropolitan University

Structural bias in arms and armour museum exhibits: Competing concepts of diversity and their social consequences.
Ruel A. Macaraeg, JD, MA

Rescuing heritage from humiliation: Qing-era warships and modern Chinese ‘Red-tourism’.
Tommy Jamison, Naval Postgraduate School

Weapons and warfare in Elizabethan military handbooks.
Elliot Jordan, New College Oxford

Flags, badges, and bagpipes: Regimental and national identity in the British Fencible Regiments.
Rory Butcher, University of Leeds

The day will also include a handling session of objects from the national collection of arms and armour relevant to the themes of the event. In addition, participants are encouraged to showcase their own research by entering the event’s poster competition.


£15 – including lunch and refreshments

Concessionary rate £6 – for those enrolled on postgraduate research programme of study and early career researchers (within five years of doctoral award, not counting career breaks). To demonstrate eligibility and to access the concessionary rate please contact Royal Armouries Research Manager Mark Bennett via email

Poster competition

Participants are encouraged to showcase their own research by entering the event’s poster competition. For details on how to enter the poster competition please contact

Conference dinner

An optional self-funded conference dinner will take place in the evening.


For any other questions related to the conference please contact