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Basiliscoe Mercury 315

The Basiliscoe Mercury 315

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Exciting prospects from the Met for the autumn, a new sword for Malta, new museum of the Civil War in Richmond and books on medieval effigies and a Dutch wreck. Don’t forget this is Museum week, culminating in Night in the Museums.

Arms and armour in the news

Grave stories

Update on Poland’s prehistoric massacre
https://www.sciencealert.com/this-5-000-year-old-grave-site-tells-a-tragic-tale-of-an-extended-family-s-murder

Investigating the site of Glencoe’s massacre
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-48230218

Interesting article on the coronation of the King of Thailand
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-47931922

Courtly life

Article about jousting
https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/05/the-joy-of-jousting/

Stories from the Tudor court
https://royalarmouries.org/stories/our-collection/the-must-see-objects-of-the-tudor-court-in-the-royal-armouries-collection/

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Chinese gunpowder and grenades
https://www.thevintagenews.com/2019/05/08/gunpowder/

Update on the buried guns of Fort Cornwallis
https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/05/11/buried-cannons-leave-experts-baffled/
https://www.thesundaily.my/local/fort-cornwallis-set-to-be-major-tourist-attraction-CM860477

Capetown’s disappearing gun
https://www.thesouthafrican.com/cape-towns-disappearing-gun-featured-by-bbc/
https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0777f9t/the-mystery-of-the-disappearing-gun-

Ramadan cannon firing
https://www.timeoutdubai.com/news/403857-visit-daily-cannon-firings-during-ramadan-at-madinat-jumeirah

Muskegon, Michigan, WW2 warship gets anti-aircraft Bofors gun
https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2019/05/10/museum-ship-to-get-wwii-anti-aircraft-cannon/

World Heritage

Chinese warrior buried with jade weapon excavated
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/01/c_138026305.htm

Update on the story of Captain Cook’s shield
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-11/british-museum-battle-for-stolen-indigenous-gweagal-shield/11085534

Miscellany

Trouble with medieval history
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/05/arts/the-battle-for-medieval-studies-white-supremacy.html

Heritage Malta received new sword for display
https://lovinmalta.com/lifestyle/history/straight-outta-1565-epic-16th-century-two-handed-sword-used-in-medieval-battles-donated-to-malta

British 1812 fort found in Florida
https://www.archaeology.org/news/7618-190429-florida-fort-gadsden

Nautical news

Update on the search for Cortes’ ships
https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/search-for-cortes-ships-turns-up-anchor/

New thoughts on the Mary Rose
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/may/05/mary-rose-henry-viii-triple-decker-500-men

Searching for HMS Beagle’s anchors
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historians-are-looking-images-hms-beagles-anchors-180972073/

A tour of the HMS Victory
https://www.historyextra.com/period/georgian/visit-hms-victory-history-explore-georgian-navy-nelson-flagship-trafalgar-portsmouth/

Museum news and exhibitions

News

England’s museums outside London in crisis
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/may/07/cuts-england-museums-london-cliff-edge

New museums

New gallery for the Anglo-Saxon Prittlewell prince at Southend Museum
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/may/09/britains-equivalent-to-tutankhamun-found-in-southend-on-sea

American Civil War Museum opens in Richmond
https://www.wvtf.org/post/new-american-civil-war-museum-explores-fullness-past#stream/0
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/civil-war-museum-speaks-truths-former-capital-of-confederacy-180972085/

Museum developments

Singing the First World War at Doncaster’s museums
https://museumcrush.org/how-doncasters-wwi-stories-became-contemporary-folk-songs/

Museum musings

Update on the status of Confederate statues
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/judge-rules-that-two-confederate-statues-in-charlottesville-are-war-memorials

Museums in a changing world
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/comment/museums-in-the-changing-world-order-museums-and-the-rise-of-authoritarian-nationalism

Faking the renaissance
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/austin-exhibition-asks-what-differentiates-renaissance-copies-fakes-and-reproductions-180972094/

Conservation corner

Blacksmiths in ancient Africa
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-blacksmiths-forged-powerful-status-across-continent-africa-180972065/

Find the cupid in Vermeer’s painting
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/hidden-cupid-resurfaces-in-one-of-vermeer-s-best-known-works

Objects

Feature on the guns of the Indiana War Memorial
https://www.guns.com/news/2019/05/06/guns-of-the-indiana-war-memorial-photos

Feature on the demise of Remington
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/05/01/magazine/remington-guns-jobs-huntsville.html

And the rise of Swedish rivals
https://www.maxim.com/gear/vo-vapen-hunting-rifles-2019-5

Saddle axe for sale
https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2019/marklin-train-opium-war-map-and-lalique-glass-figure-five-auction-highlights-that-caught-bidders-eyes-in-the-last-week/

Exhibitions

Exciting news this autumn and winter at the Met:
https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2019/last-knight-art-armor-ambition-maximilian

Sebald in Norwich
http://artdaily.com/news/113526/Exhibition-celebrates-the-work-of-the-author-W-G--Sebald-on-the-75th-anniversary-of-his-birth#.XNkjfjHsZ9A

Turner in the North at Berwick on Tweed - lots of ruined castles
https://museumcrush.org/how-a-trip-up-north-made-turner-into-the-poet-of-the-landscape-sublime/

African blacksmiths in Washington
https://africa.si.edu/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/striking-iron-the-art-of-african-blacksmiths/

Books

Brian Gittos & Moira Gittos: Interpreting Medieval Effigies: The Evidence from Yorkshire to 1400
https://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/interpreting-medieval-effigies.html

Online Book

J. Opdebeeck, T. Coenen & A. Vos: Palmhoutwrak: een venster naar de gouden eeuw
https://publicaties.cultureelerfgoed.nl/sites/default/files/publications/ram253_palmhoutwrak_een_venster_naar_de_gouden_eeuw.pdf

Popular culture

Hadrian’s Wall in cartoons
https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/how-hadrians-wall-been-viewed-16236775

Combining modern art and veteran’s experiences
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/veterans-and-artists-draw-creative-profit-out-of-war

Thoughts on Tolkien the Movie
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/05/thoughts-tolkien-movie/

Events

Events at the Historial
https://www.historial.fr/

May Museum Nights - check locally for events in the museums in your area! Here’s the UK’s umbrella site
https://museumsatnight.org.uk/

And here’s a selection of other places
https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-show-exhibition/136099/la-nuit-des-musees
https://www.visitberlin.de/en/event/39th-long-night-museums-2019

Diary dates

6 June 2019 Lecture at the Arms and Armour Society
Classical Japanese Swordsmanship - Separating Legend, and Myth from fact
Neil Grigg
https://www.thearmsandarmoursociety.org.uk/events/

Conferences

3 June 2019 Cambridge
Do Not Touch? 3D in Museums https://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/fitzwilliam-museum/do-not-touch-3d-in-museums/do-not-touch-3d-in-museums

Calls for papers

September 2019 Kyoto early bird booking running out
ICOMAM 2019 Conference, Kyoto (Japan)
http://icom-kyoto-2019.org/data/images/ICOM2019_leaflet.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1yUuzU74CjPT8E-Qdx4KsoD_htE1_BHGVouQhJSu4YRKPyN4D4N8ckh3o

Sales, fairs and auctions

20– 24 May 2019
Hermann Historica
https://www.hermann-historica.de/en/

23 May 2019 London
Antique Arms and Armour
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25424/

23 May 2019 London
Modern Sporting Guns
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25426

Thomas del Mar dates for 2019
25 June & 4 December 2019
http://www.thomasdelmar.com/

News of Heritage Auctions next sale
http://artdaily.com/news/112542/Weapons--pottery-lead-Heritage-Auctions--Ethnographic-Art-Auction#.XK3BpDHsZ9A

Websites and downloads

Website of the new American Civil War Museum
https://acwm.org/

Woolwich Antquarians have their own new website
https://woolwich-antiquarians.org/

The Georgian Papers project
https://www.rct.uk/collection/georgian-papers-programme

1066 etc Mounted infantry, Trolls & the Poetic Edda
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/05/horror-in-the-medieval-north-the-troll/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/05/daylamis-elite-infantrymen/
http://www.medievalists.net/2019/05/the-poetic-edda/

Finally

ICOMAM MAGAZINE
We are putting together the next ICOMAM MAGAZINE. If you or your institution have anything that the arms and armour community would be interested in, let us know. You can see the previous editions here:
http://network.icom.museum/icomam/publications/the-magazine/

This fortnight I will be tweeting pictures from Northumberland
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 13 May 2019

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