The Royal Armouries

Yesterday we had a great day at Fort Nelson, the Royal Armouries near Portsmouth.  Very interesting indeed.

The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.  The Royal Armouries is the United Kingdom’s National Museum of Arms and Armour. It is the United Kingdom’s oldest museum, and one of the oldest museums in the world.  It is also one of the largest collections of arms and armour in the world, comprising the UK’s National Collection of Arms and Armour, National Artillery Collection, and National Firearms Collection. Its historic base is in the Tower of London, but today the collection is split across three sites.

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There was lots to see and do, the boys had a great time, and so did this big boy.

 

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These giant cannon balls, sure made their presence know in relation to the size of the boys, they must have weighed close to a ton each.

The Office of the Armoury grew out of the department known as the King’s Privy Wardrobe at the Tower of London in the mid-15th century. Overseen from 1423 by the Master of the King’s Armour, and based in the White Tower, the Office was responsible for manufacturing armour and edged weapons for the monarch and his armies

This was one of the largest exhibits, a World War One, rail gun, or howitzer.  Note the details of this beast in the next image.

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Rail Gun

An amazing piece of weaponry, sure glad I never saw it fired in anger.

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WORLD WAR ONE RAIL GUN

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The shell it fired, hard to believe the power to throw such a large and heavy object so far.

18″in Diameter, 2,500 Lbs

 

 

 

 

 

THE REST OF THE IMAGES FROM THE ROYAL ARMOURIES