SEMINAR - The arms and armour of the First World War


Saturday 23 August
and Saturday 8 November
10.30 – 4.30


Jonathan Ferguson – Curator of Firearms, Royal Armouries, Henry Yallop – Assistant Curator of Edged Weapons, Royal Armouries & Lisa Traynor, Assistant Curator of Firearms, Royal Armouries.

At the outbreak of war all armies fought with weapons designed in the 1880s
 and virtually no armour. Commanders on all sides were ill-prepared for the 
sheer scale of the war ahead, and although the stagnation of the Western Front drove innovation, the core tools available to the infantry soldier did not change significantly throughout the conflict.

Learn how Victorian technology was adapted to suit the tactics of this ‘modern’ warfare and get hands on with the deadly machines of the most destructive conflict in history.

  • All of the seminars run from 10:30 to 4:30 and take place at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds.
  • Lunch is not provided, but there is a bistro and a café plus a picnic area in the Museum.
  • Booking is essential as the seminars tend to sell out quickly and places are limited to 20 delegates per seminar.

Proof of photographic ID such as passport or driving license is needed for all seminars. Entrance may be denied without suitable identification.

To book

Book online below or tickets can also be booked by phone or email.

Tel: 0113 220 1888

Visitor Information

The location address, map and a guide to getting here can be found on the Visitor Information page