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The Basiliscoe Mercury 277

The Basiliscoe Mercury 277

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Arms and armour in the news

Life & death in medieval London and the discovery of Greenwich Palace cellars, fighting women, Updates on a number of wrecks- and – spoiler alert- the RAF didn’t murder Glenn Miller after all. A lot of discussion of the importance of monuments, a reminder of European Heritage Open Days and a number of interesting new books, as the evenings draw in. Finally a message from the Met…

Ancient arms and forts

Testing prehistoric weapons replicas

Bronze-Age dagger found in Slovakia – pictures

Bronze warrior and his weapons found near Sion, Switzerland

Latest research on the Terracotta Army

Gladiators’ arena in ancient Anatolia investigated

Round fort found in Denmark
Grave stories

Skulls from medieval London show a life (and death) of violence

Searching for a Civil War grave

Through the arrow-slit . . .

York ponders lowering the portcullis

Remains of Greenwich palace found under Picture hall

Visiting the top of Windsor Castle

Gate Discovered at Medieval Castle in Slovakia

Pictures of forts and castles round the globe

Through the gunloop…

Hull blockhouse to be investigated

At imperilled coastal forts, archaeologist tries to document the past: report

Dutch slave trade and fort in Tamil Nadu

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

North Carolina Williamston's Civil War cannon goes to museum

Victorian cannon in Digby Nova Scotia defaced

Café Basiliscoe

Bronze-age wine….

…or recreated 17th century ships diet- beer and salted penguin


Fishing in medieval Iceland

Remembering Enfield’s history

Princesses and Amazons

V&A acquire Victoria’s coronet

Civil War fighters

Russian women in the WW1

Into the 20th century

Surveying WW1 PoW camp in Jersey

RAF cleared of killing Glenn Miller

Nautical news

Update on the Vasa

Update on the Dutch East Indiaman Rooswijk lost 1740 on Goodwin Sands

Investigating the slave ships lost off Senegal

Update on the Mentor, lost off Kythira, 1802
Update of the Franklin expedition

Update on the Hunley

USS Indianapolis found

Three new shipwrecks recognized in English waters

Museum news and exhibitions


Houston Museums and galleries deal with the floods

University Museum of Bergen has 400 Viking artefacts stolen

Scotland Yard arts squad under threat

Museums in Europe discuss the future of the Benin bronzes

New Museums

Partition Museum in India

Museum Musings

Why museum collections matter

Do statues matter?

India’s WW1 monuments

Knoxville’s monuments

Conservation corner

Working at Rock Island Arsenal Museum in Rock Island, Illinois


Robert the Bruce’s seal- or not

Paintings van Blarenberghe of American battles in Yorktown

Art Detectives: Solving a mystery portrait and more

Mountbatten’s pistol-pen


Animals and war in Paris

300 year old Maria Theresa in Vienna


Donald J. LaRocca: How to Read European Armor

Dan Jones: The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors

Helen J. Nicholson: The Everyday Life of the Templars: The Knights Templar at Home

Elizabeth Cleland & Lorraine Karafel: Tapestries from the Burrell Collection

Online Book

Wiley Library Online: War and Conflict Research articles

Popular Culture

Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang

Trailer for new BBC drama on the Gunpowder Plot


Diary Dates


September, Germany

14 October 2017 Hindlip Hall
The Black Powder Ordnance: A conference on safe use
Contact Roger Emmerson for details:

15-17 November 2017, Canterbury
Black Prince Conference

Sales Fairs and auctions

Preview for Hermann Historica

Websites and Downloads
1066 etc

Ladies on crusade, Clontarf, military surgeon’s & Anglo-Saxon battles


Don’t forget heritage open days across Europe

A message from the Met

The Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed Metropolitan Museum Journal invites submissions of original research on works of art in the Museum’s collection. Starting with Volume 52 (2017), there will be two sections: Articles and Research Notes. Articles contribute extensive and thoroughly argued scholarship. Research Notes typically present a concise, neatly bounded aspect of ongoing investigation, such as the presentation of a new acquisition or attribution, or a specific, resonant finding from technical analysis. All texts must take works of art in the collection as the point of departure.

Articles and Research Notes in the Journal appear both in print and online, and are immediately accessible via MetPublications, JStor, and the website of the University of Chicago Press.

The deadline for submissions for Volume 53 (2018) is October 15, 2017.

Submission guidelines:

Please send materials to:
Inspiration from the Collection:
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This fortnight I tweeted on the treasures of Armourers Hall

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 2017

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