Date: Saturday 15 September 2012
Time: 10am to 6pm
Venue: Bury Theatre, Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds
The conference will examine the causes of the English Civil Wars and discuss in detail some of the most significant battles plus the social, political and historical impact on the British Isles caused by this tumultuous period of conflict.
Special emphasis will be placed on investigations into the arms and equipment of the forces of this period and on knowledge of the battles made possible by recent advances in battlefield archaeology.
Jonathon Riley (Director-General and Master of the Armouries)
Thom Richardson (Keeper of Armour, Royal Armouries)
Graeme Rimer (Former Academic Director, Royal Armouries)
Professor Micheál Ó Siochrú (History Department, Trinity College Dublin)
Martin Marix Evans (The Naseby Battlefield Project)
Natasha Ferguson (Treasure Trove, National Museums Scotland)
Chris Scott (English Civil War author and historian)
Brian Godwin (Independent scholar)
Katherine Elliott (Independent scholar)
Provisional Programme (subject to change)
Registration – 9.30 am to 10.00 am
Morning session 1 – 10.00 am to 11.30 am
Chair – Jonathon Riley
Chris Scott – The Descent Into War
Natasha Ferguson – ‘They a’ came fae the trench and cried’: Philiphaugh and the archaeology of 17th century battlefields
Refreshments – 11.30am to 12.00pm
Morning session 2 – 12.00 pm to 1.15 pm
Micheál Ó Siochrú – War and Terror in Ireland
Martin Marix Evans – Naseby: Research and Interpretation
Lunch – 1.15pm to 2.15pm
Afternoon session 1 – 2.15pm to 3.30pm
Chair – Frank Baldwin, The Battlefields Trust
Brian Godwin – Firearms Development
Thom Richardson & Graeme Rimer – The Popham armoury from Littlecote House
Refreshments – 3.30pm – 4.00pm
Afternoon session 2 – 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Katherine Eliott – Clothing Soldiers: Development of an organised system of production and supply of military clothing in England between 1645 and 1708
Jonathon Riley – The last ironsides: Battlefields of the English brigade in Portugal (1662–68)
Close – 6pm
This conference will mark the publication of the Royal Armouries catalogue of the English Civil War Armoury from Littlecote House, written by Graeme Rimer and Thom Richardson.
Weekend events at the Museum
Saturday 15 September
English Civil War living history displays and demonstrations from Colonel Edward Montagu’s Regiment of Foote, members of the English Civil War Society will be taking place at the Museum.
Pre-conference Exclusive Handling Session
Arms & Armour of the English Civil War
Friday 14 September 2012
5pm – 6.30pm
This session will allow participants the rare chance to handle and examine close-up related pieces from the collections of the Royal Armouries. These will include the materiel of Cuirassier, Harquebusier and Pikeman; their swords (including ‘mortuary-swords’), rapiers, pikes, firearms, armour, buff coats and accessories, Also on display will be a number of relevant contemporary books such as Cruso’s Militaire Instruction of 1632.
Highlights will include a number of pieces from the world-famous Littlecote Collection as well an ornate helmet of Charles I and a sword traditionally associated with Oliver Cromwell.
The session is to be lead by Curator of European Edged Weapons Bob Woosnam-Savage, Curator of Firearms Jonathan Ferguson and Senior Curator of Armour Karen Watts.
Places are limited for this special event – so book early to reserve your place!
Places are limited to 200 delegates
Full: £45 includes lunch and refreshments
Concessions (60+, students, unemployed): £35 includes lunch and refreshments
To book a place for the Conference and/or the Pre-conference Handling Session, please download and complete a booking form and post with payment to:
Royal Armouries Museum
T: 0113 220 1888