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The Basiliscoe Mercury 279

The Basiliscoe Mercury 279

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

There is a good sprinkling of Irish stories this week, from Viking swords to Roger Casement via gunpowder gin & the Spanish Armada. This week’s statue in the news is Kalashnikov, plus human sacrifice in Peru, Teutonic knights in Poland and a bunch of new books.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Indian arrow heads from North Carolina
https://www.carolinacountry.com/carolina-stories/stories/indian-arrowheads-of-the-piedmont

Viking knife found in Cork
https://www.rte.ie/news/munster/2017/0926/907642-viking-sword-cork/

Grave stories

Investigating human sacrifices in Peru
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/pre-incan-grave-skeletons-1000-year-old-human-sacrifices-found-peru-1640974

Exhibition on skeletons in Leeds
http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/leedscitymuseum/Skeletons.aspx

Miscellany

Why we name our weapons
https://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/09/07/why-do-we-name-our-weapons-famous-weapons-from-excalibur-to-little-boy/#2dd10f2b2547

Adopt an armour, sword or even a dragon in Norwich Castle
http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/historic-dragon-among-the-first-artefacts-snapped-up-in-fundraising-campaign-for-norwich-castle-keep-project-1-5200525

Lost Ruben’s portrait of duke of Buckingham found on a Glasgow wall
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/sep/24/lost-rubens-portrait-james-i-lover-rediscovered-glasgow

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Two Carron guns in Prince Edward County rededicated
http://www.countyweeklynews.ca/2017/09/19/historic-cannons-will-be-rededicated

Cannons in Maharashtra forts to be preserved & geotagged – stunning cannon!
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/633433/cannons-maharashtra-forts-preserved-geotagged.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/conserving-heritage-neglected-cannons-across-forts-in-state-to-be-mapped-preserved-4848485/

History of Mariners Museum’s signal cannons uncovered
http://www.marinersmuseum.org/blog/2017/09/object-secret-even-curators-didnt-know/

Back to the front

Archaeologists find weapons and a seal at Grunewald
http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,459853,artefacts-found-at-grunwald-teutonic-seal-and-prussian-spearheads.html

Investigating the Battle of Wood Lake, 1862
http://www.wctrib.com/news/region/4334334-archaeological-study-sheds-new-light-battle-wood-lake
seal at Grunewald

Philippines wants its bells back
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/09/29/1743739/palace-renews-call-us-return-bells

Living in the past

World jousting championship in Sydney
http://www.sportingnews.com/au/other-sports/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-first-ever-world-jousting-championship-sydney-st-ives-medieval-fair/13rtopsahmqre1gcnv7ie66ami

Café Basiliscoe

Dutch food from the Golden age on show
http://artdaily.com/news/98993/Exhibition-showcases-the-magnificent-food-still-lifes-of-the-Golden-Age#.Wcd0HjFe59A

Irish gunpowder gin - what could possibly go wrong?
https://www.moodiedavittreport.com/a-gin-teresting-combination-butlers-launches-gin-enhanced-chocolates/

This week in statues

Russian sculptor doesn’t know the difference between a Kalashnikov and a StG44
http://artdaily.com/news/98994/Red-faces-as-Russia-s-Kalashnikov-monument-shows-Nazi-gun#.WcYfjTFe59A

Nautical news

HMS Colossus trail 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgWmSeSNcBI&feature=youtu.be

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Arms and armour displays at Fitzwilliam Museum inspires 12 year old boy http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41318891

Call to bring back London Met’s arts squad
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/bring-back-the-mets-art-and-antiquities-squad/

New museums

Russia plans a new Museum Quarter in Moscow
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/museums-move-into-moscow's-huge-soviet-era-fairground

Funding for palaces and parks in Berlin and Potsdam
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/germany-stumps-up-euro400m-for-prussian-palaces-and-parks

Horniman Museum, London, plans new displays
http://museumcrush.org/how-the-horniman-museum-plans-to-reconnect-people-with-its-anthropology-collection/

Museum musings

Britain’s best medical collections
http://museumcrush.org/britains-best-places-to-see-medical-collections-and-museums/

Suggestion that Dutch schoolchildren must visit the Night Watch
http://artdaily.com/news/99136/Dutch-school-kids-must-visit-Rembrandt--parliament--Report#.Wc4BJTFe59A

Conservation corner

D-day landing craft to be conserved
http://museumcrush.org/worlds-last-d-day-landing-craft-tank-to-be-restored-and-displayed-in-southsea/

Iron making in early Norway
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/the-enigma-of-early-norwegian-iron.html#ze6q1yL2qS6Qj8Sr.97

Objects

New York State Museum acquires collection of 17th century colonial artefacts
https://altamontenterprise.com/09212017/pieces-past-tell-how-dutch-settlers-and-native-peoples-collaborated-1600s

Recently stolen guns in Ontario
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/opp-firearms-antique-guns-rifles-stolen-thames-centre-1.4311559

Exhibitions

Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites in London
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/sep/28/reflections-van-eyck-and-the-pre-raphaelites-review-not-worth-a-look

Spanish paintings in London
http://www.wallacecollection.org/collections/exhibition/130

Opera in London
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/sep/27/opera-passion-power-and-politics-victoria-and-albert-museum-review

Clontarf in Dublin
http://www.museum.ie/Archaeology/Exhibitions/Current-Exhibitions/Clontarf-1014

Roger Casement in Dublin
http://www.museum.ie/Archaeology/Exhibitions/Current-Exhibitions/Roger-Casement-voice-of-the-voiceless

The Irish in WWI in Dublin
http://www.museum.ie/Decorative-Arts-History/Exhibitions/Current-Exhibitions/War-in-the-Mud,-The-Irish-soldier-in-Belgium-in-th

Japanese swords in Stockholm
http://livrustkammaren.se/sv/utstallningar/katanas

Last chance to see animals & war in Paris
http://www.musee-armee.fr/programmation/expositions/detail/animaux-guerres.html

Soldiers’ lives in Paris
http://www.musee-armee.fr/programmation/expositions/detail/dans-la-peau-dun-soldat-de-la-rome-antique-a-nos-jours.html

Art and power in Paris
http://artdaily.com/news/99106/Exhibition-at-the-Louvre-focuses-on-the-connection-between-art-and-political-power#.WcywUTFe59A

China and Europe in Berlin
http://artdaily.com/news/99123/Berlin-State-Museums-opens--Exchanging-Gazes--Between-China-and-Europe-1669-1907-#.Wc4CjDFe59A

JP Morgan at the Wadsworth athenaeum
http://artdaily.com/news/98990/More-than-100-objects-illuminate-groundbreaking-art-collection-of-J--P--Morgan--at-Wadsworth-Atheneum#.WcYgWzFe59A

16th cent woodcuts in Washington
https://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/exhibitions/2017/in-the-library-jost-jmman-sixteenth-century-woodcut-illustration.html

Books

M C Bishop: The Pilum: The Roman Heavy Javelin
https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/review-pilum-roman-heavy-javelin.htm

Hunting Picts: Medieval sculptures at St Vigeans, Angus. Volumes 1 & 2
https://shop.historic-scotland.gov.uk/hunting-picts-medieval-sculptures-at-st-vigeans-angus-volumes-1-2

The War Diaries of the Battalions who Fought the Great War on The Western Front
http://bookshop.nationalarchives.gov.uk/9781783311514/The-War-Diaries-of-the-Battalions-Who-Fought-The-Great-War-on-the-Western-Front/

The Spanish Armada Wrecks, Streedagh, Co. Sligo
http://www.independent.ie/regionals/sligochampion/news/new-heritage-guide-to-wrecks-published-36143214.html

Sam Oakley: The Wreck of the Ten Sail: A true story of Cayman’s past
http://www.caymanreporter.com/2017/09/14/urban-myth-maybe-not/

The Gunpowder People
http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017/09/18/the-gunpowder-people-hodgdons-new-book-documenting-70-historic-years/

Richard Hayman: Illuminated Manuscripts
https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/illuminated-manuscripts-9781784422363/

Roger S. Wieck: The Medieval Calendar; Locating Time in the Middle Ages
http://www.scalapublishers.com/title.aspx?category=new-titles&subcategory=&id=3878

Kathleen Walker-Meikle: The Horse Book: Horses of Historical Distinction
https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-horse-book-9781784422271/

Online book

Gunfounders of Enkhuizen
https://www.yumpu.com/nl/document/view/19947762/schutters-enkhuizen-thijspostmanl

Popular culture

Night in the Front Line and Other Second World War Stories
https://www.bl.uk/shop/night-in-the-front-line/p-1155

Events

Diary Dates

Events in Canberra
https://www.awm.gov.au/

Events in Ottawa
http://www.warmuseum.ca/

Events in the IWM
http://www.iwm.org.uk/

Conferences

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

15-17 November 2017, Canterbury
Black Prince Conference
https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/whats-on/event/blackprinceconference/

Sales, fairs and auctions

Catalogue for Hermann Historica now online
https://www.hermann-historica.de/en/Auktionen/Laufende

30 September Olympia Arms Fair
http://artdaily.com/news/98709/The-Olympia-Arms-Fair-to-be-held-on-30th-September-at-Pillar-Hall--London-#.WbaFYbpuL4g

25 Oct 2017 Edinburgh
The Sporting Sale
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24090/

Websites and downloads

Berlin’s military collections
http://www.dhm.de/en/collections-research/sammlungen00/militaria.html

Sport at the Met
http://www.metmuseum.org/blogs/now-at-the-met/2017/world-of-sports-at-met

1066 etc

Mounted knights & Hobbits,
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/09/east-meets-west-mounted-encounters-early-high-mediaeval-europe/
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/09/hobbit-fiction-j-r-r-tolkien-roots-medieval-heroic-literature-language/

Finally

This fortnight I tweeted medieval German effigies
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 30 September 2017

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