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Basiliscoe Mercury 325

The Basiliscoe Mercury 325

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

New information on the Staffordshire Hoard, gladiator fresco, lots of news from battlefields, a play set in a museum in Baghdad and a lot of Maximilian-related content for the Met.

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms and forts

Ancient dagger goes on display in the Abu Dhabi Louvre
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/archaeological-find-from-dubai-unveiled-at-louvre-abu-dhabi-1.917669

2,500 years old sword of Goujian from China
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/sword-of-goujian

Fascinating and beautiful fresco of two gladiators uncovered in Pompeii
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/pompeii-gladiators

More on the recently found Roman military site in Exeter
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/roman-military-site-exeter-07643.html

Update on the Staffordshire Hoard and its original owner
https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/who-owned-staffordshire-hoard-clues-3411965

Arrowhead found in Norway; nice pictures and story
https://www.lifeinnorway.net/arrowhead-found-in-hardanger/
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Beasts of assorted varieties…

The last mammoth…
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191007081750.htm

Princesses and Amazons

Dressing like a Viking - warning contains fur…
https://www.medievalists.net/2019/10/creating-viking-age-clothing-21st-century/

And yet another piece about Viking women warriors
https://theweek.com/articles/865878/myth-viking-woman-warrior

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Excavations at Pontefract castle - bring your own trowel…
https://www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk/news/people/here-s-how-you-can-take-part-in-an-archeological-dig-at-pontefract-s-historic-castle-1-10046610

Revisions to the York’s Clifford tower visitor experience
https://www.yorkmix.com/no-visitor-centre-but-a-new-staircase-revised-plans-for-cliffords-tower-revealed/
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Miscellany- mainly Maximillian

Maximilian’s armour
https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2019/10/04/the-art-of-armor

Maximilian’s use of propaganda
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/emperor-maximilian-i-brand-arts/

Portrait of Richard III goes on display at Hever
https://museumcrush.org/unseen-richard-iii-joins-remarkable-tudor-portrait-gallery-at-hever-castle/

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

Video from Vienna: Der "Pumhart von Steyr”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KlmmqdAkcc

Research into Admiral Duncan’s bronze guns
https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/996364/new-research-tells-history-of-admiral-duncans-prized-cannons/

Royal Canadian Artillery get 105 mm Howitzer artillery - it’s quite a story
https://www.sootoday.com/great-stories/how-the-sault-armoury-got-hold-of-an-historic-cannon-it-wasnt-easy-1739608

Kolaba Fort, India: gun carriages in Indian fort damaged - photo of cannon and marigolds
https://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/others/kolaba-forts-cannon-carriers-wrecked-city-org-demands-action-against-miscreants/articleshow/71560582.cms

Sri Lankan fort falls into disrepair
https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/monument-tamil-king-disrepair-sri-lanka%E2%80%99s-archaeology-department-ignores-destruction

Back to the front

Where was the battle of Bruhnanburh
https://www.medievalists.net/2019/10/battle-brunanburh-battlefield-discovered/

Gun that started the American Revolution up for sale
https://news.justcollecting.com/gun-fired-first-shot-battle-bunker-hill-revolutionary-war-morphy-auction/

Update on this season’s work at the Alamo
https://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/archeologists-just-confirmed-an-alamo-legend-as-an-alamo-fact

Development of the hard hat
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/01/business/hard-hat-history.html

Into the 20th century

Latest soldiers to be reburied in Flanders
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/10/first-world-wars-pompeii-burial-for-british-soldiers-found-in-flemish-field

Tapes of D Day broadcasts preserved
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-history-archaeology/man-discovers-original-d-day-dispatch-audiotape-basement-180973276/

Nautical news

Update on the San José,
https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/09/19/actualidad/1568911855_433197.html

Museum news and exhibitions

News

Interview with the CEO of the RAF Museum
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/interview-maggie-appleton-chief-executive-royal-air-460369/

Update on the Louvre’s ticket policy
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/louvre-defends-timed-entry-tickets

UK government gives English museums investment commitments
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/cash-strapped-museums-and-libraries-across-england-get-gbp250m-government-funding-boost

Museum musings

Museums today
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/defining-museums-in-the-21st-century/?fbclid=IwAR2dcNgdgShuobezDNf1hgmkbqKnHjSRDfdi0pIAXtFxxxkDvLKw8bV-l1w

Conservation corner

Who stole the Caravaggio?
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/analysis/it-s-50-years-since-caravaggio-s-nativity-was-stolen-in-palermo-have-the-police-been-chasing-red-herrings-all-this-time

Arms manufacturing and technology
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49499444

St Albans cathedral restored to colour
https://museumcrush.org/21st-century-tech-restores-the-medieval-colours-of-st-albans-cathedral/

Exhibitions

Treasures from Westminster Abbey to go on view
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/11/westminster-abbey-treasures-go-on-display-for-750th-anniversary

Birmingham gallery gets funding for Crivelli show in 2021
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/birmingham-s-ikon-gallery

Kimonos coming to V&A next year
https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/oct/09/va-hosts-europes-first-major-exhibition-on-kimono

All Hogarth’s painting series shown together
http://artdaily.com/news/117406/Sir-John-Soane-s-Museum-to-unite-all-William-Hogarth-s-painted-series-for-the-first-time-#.XZw_km5FyUk
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/gallery/hogarth-at-sir-john-soane-s-museum

East meets West In London
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/oct/08/inspired-by-the-east-review-europes-glorious-fascination-with-islam

Stamford Raffles and his collecting in London
https://museumcrush.org/the-things-collected-by-stamford-raffles-explored-at-the-british-museum/

George Stubbs in Milton Keynes
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/oct/10/george-stubbs-review-mk-gallery-milton-keynes

Fine arms and armour at Paris
https://www.musee-armee.fr/au-programme/expositions/detail/les-canons-de-lelegance.html

Rembrandt and Velazquez in Amsterdam
https://www.theartnewspaper.com/review/rembrandt-velazquez

Rubens in Toronto
http://artdaily.com/news/117510/Once-in-a-lifetime-exhibition-of-masterpieces-by-Peter-Paul-Rubens-opens-in-Toronto#.XaGP6DHsZ9A

Review of the Maximilian exhibition at NY
https://observer.com/2019/10/last-knight-art-armor-and-ambition-of-maximilian-i-metropolitan-museum-exhibition/

Books

The Art of Fencing: The Discourse of Camillo Palladini
https://shop.royalarmouries.org/collections/books-dvds/products/pre-order-the-art-of-fencing-the-discourse-of-camillo-palladini

More on the new books about the Staffordshire Hoard
https://www.medievalists.net/2019/10/staffordshire-hoard-secrets-revealed-in-new-book/

Round up of recent books on 20th century warfare
https://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/reviews.html

Publications from Paris
https://www.musee-armee.fr/collections/actualites-des-collections/publications-du-musee.html

Online Book

Ballistics Journal
https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/defence-technology/vol/12/issue/2

Shared Heritage: Joint responsibilities in the Management of British Warship Wrecks Overseas
https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/management-of-british-warship-wrecks-overseas/shared-heritage-management-of-british-warship-wrecks-overseas/

Popular Culture

New play set in Bagdad Museum
https://www.rsc.org.uk/a-museum-in-baghdad/

Korean comfort women still provoking trouble in Japan
http://artdaily.com/news/117433/Japan-reopens-exhibit-closed-over-Korean--comfort-woman--statue#.XZ2SmzHsZ9A

Events

Diary Dates

Museum events
https://www.khm.at/en/visit/
https://www.gnm.de/en/museum/
https://www.patrimonionacional.es/
https://www.nms.ac.uk/
https://www.iwm.org.uk/

7 November Arms and armour society
Talk by David Edge
https://www.thearmsandarmoursociety.org.uk/events/

Conferences

16-17 November 2019 Portsmouth
The Nautical Archaeology Society and the Ordnance Society
Wooden Walls and Stone Bastions
https://ordnancesociety.org.uk/events-2/

23 November 2-19 Raglan
Symposium: Raglan Castle
https://www.sal.org.uk/events/2019/11/symposium-raglan-castle/?utm_source=Salon+Subscribers&utm_campaign=3da2bfbb2d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_02_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c0cb6b55f1-3da2bfbb2d-83439177

Sales Fairs and auctions

Brochure for Hermann Historica 11-20 November 2019
https://www.hermann-historica.de/upload/BestOf/80/

Websites and downloads

Jan Verbruggen gets his own website
https://janverbruggen.com/

1066 etc: Jihad, Phillip II & Burgundian art
https://www.medievalists.net/2019/10/origins-jihad-islamic-conquests/
https://www.medievalists.net/2019/10/philip-ii-augustus-of-france/
https://www.medievalists.net/2019/10/medieval-manuscripts-book-altar-of-philip-the-good/

Finally

This fortnight I tweeted pictures from the Baltic - a lot of the Vasa….
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 15 October 2019

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