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The Basiliscoe Mercury 304

The Basiliscoe Mercury 304

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Of course this last week has been dominated by the centenary of the Armistice. This is reflected throughout the newsletter. Otherwise lost Danish ships, oldest cave paintings and a plethora of popular culture features with Robert the Bruce and Robin Hood in leading roles.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms & forts

Copper plant on the Black Sea

Weapon fragments from Poland

Serving on the Antonine Wall

Tiny terracotta army found in Chinese tomb
Beasts of assorted varieties…

Oldest cave paintings found in Borneo

Caesar’s beasts

Grave stories

Embalmed decapitated heads from Celtic Gaul

Scanning US Civil War skeletons

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Żelechów Castle, Poland, found?

Water for the Assassins’ Castle

Through the gunloop…

Fascinating piece about archaeologists’ discoveries in Quebec’s ramparts

Exhibition at Fort Canning, Singapore, to be redesigned

The state of Tipu’s armoury - spoiler alert - not good….

Papers of the exiled Stuarts go online

Old soldiers help look at old battlefield

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Sheringham cannon goes on display

What they found planting trees in Mumbai

Coldwater, Michigan, Civil war veteran - Parrott rifled cannon

Boer War surviving cannon

Sheridan, Illinois, WW2 howitzer ready for the Armistice

Café Basiliscoe: sharing menu

Peruvian potatoes

Mongol cheese

2000 year old Chinese rice wine


Brother of the more famous Robert comes to sticky end in Ireland

Royston cave on endangered list

Update on Henry VIII tapestry

The gunpowder plot for beginners and its changing meaning

Enjoy a winter walk round a Cambrian gunpowder works

As the Danube’s level falls, finds are uncovered

What they found in Blenheim’s lake

Lysander and Hampden: two iconic RAF aircraft restored and revealed

World War I - a very small selection…

South Wales and the WWI

Remembering them on the beaches

India’s stories

The war horses

Nautical news

The importance of waterproofing Viking long ships

Update on the French Florida wreck

Earlier in the year I identified these cannon from Chile

Stray cannon found in Florida Keys

Piece about a slave ship from Mozambique

Picture feature on Cape Town slave ship

Update on the search for the Bonhomme Richard - (sceptical about those cannon and cannon balls being worth “millions”, whatever…)

Denmark’s’ Printz Friederich lost 1780 found?

Looking for a boatyard from the War of 1812

Feature about the wrecks at Scapa Flow

Museum news and exhibitions


Venetian museums briefly closed by floods

And trouble at the Vatican Museums

Funding for new galleries at the Imperial War Museum

New museums

New V&A in the East of London

Museum developments

How museums can fight climate change

Museum musings

Curating the Middle Ages

UK Museums with WWI collections

Dealing with museum fakes

Possibly not the way to deal with women’s history (or gunfounders)

Conservation corner

Fascinating piece on conservation - and history - of medieval retable

Conserving a 16th century Spanish breastplate from shipwreck


Illustrated feature on Japanese arms and armour

Horse-related artefacts at Fyvie Castle

Portrait of Scottish officer acquired by Williamsburg

Artefacts at Fort Ticonderoga

Edward Burne-Jones in close-up


Planning Leonardo 2019 in Italy

Assyrians in London

Lotto in London

Romanovs in London

VCs in Leeds

After the War in Paris

Chinese Empresses at the Peabody Essex


David Graci: The Ames Foundry and Their Statues

Ann Demeester: Frans Hals Museum

Lot of new publications coming out of the Royal Armouries

This month from Osprey

Online book

Historic England Research

Popular culture

When times are tough, we’ll always have Robin Hood….

Comparing medieval Scottish history movies

How a film on Robert the Bruce boosts visitor figures to historic properties

Break-dancing in armour…

The Black Prince by Adam Roberts - comic novel:

Feature on Roger Fenton’s photography and its inspiration today

BBC’s radio WWI dramas

Wes Anderson let loose on Vienna’s museums


Diary Dates

10 May 2019 Leeds
The heart of the art of combat - Exploring medieval manuscript I.33

Sales, fairs and auctions

Feature on Murphy auctions

Preview for Thomas Delmar Sale

21 Nov 2018 London
Medals, Bonds, Banknotes and Coins

28 Nov 2018 London
The Richard Garrett Collection of Antique Firearms

29 Nov 2018 London
Antique Arms and Armour and Modern Sporting Guns

5th December 2018 London
Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria Sale

Websites and downloads

1066 etc: Sowrds, 100 Years’ war in comics, & visiting Mongolia

Focus on the end of WWI


This fortnight I will be tweeting churches in Hampshire

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 18 November 2018

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