Royal Armouries Museums

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There are 23 items tagged with ‘science

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1. Zinc coatings of Indian plate and mail armour

An analytical project to determine the presence of zinc on Indian mail armour.

2. Gilding on plate armour

An analytical project to determine the presence of gold plating on steel armour.

3. X-radiography

The purpose of an x-ray is to look beneath the surface at the underlying structure. A major advantage of this technique for use on objects is that it is entirely non-destructive.

4. Uses of X-radiography

X-rays can be used in museums to great effect, their biggest advantage is that they are non-invasive.

5. XRF Analysis

X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis provides a means of finding the chemical composition of artefacts (or parts of artefacts) without removing samples. Which means it is non-destructive.

6. Uses of X-ray fluorescence

X-ray fluorescence provides the Royal Armouries with a unique and essential tool for the investigation of its objects.

7. Optical Microscopy

Optical Microscopy is technique which uses allows the Royal Armouries Science officer the opportunity to examine the metallurgy of an object.

8. Uses of Optical Microscopy

Uses of optical microscopy in the Royal Armouries museum.

9. Distinguishing replacement rivets on armour

An analytical project to determine the presence of replacement rivets on steel armour.

10. Investigating a sixteenth century Welsh buckler

An analytical project to determine the original appearance of a 16th century Welsh buckler shield.

11. Cast iron Tudor firearms

An analytical project to determine how a previously unknown firearm found on board the wreck of the Mary Rose was made.

12. Armour-piercing arrowheads

An analytical project to determine whether hardened metal was used in the production of arrow heads.

13. An unusual form of oriental mail

An analytical project to determine how an Indian mail shirt was made.

14. The metallurgy of plate armour

An analytical project to examine the metallurgy of plate armour and changes in it through time and place.

15. The metallurgy of Japanese plate armour

An analytical project to determine the metallurgical quality and effectiveness of Japanese armour.

16. The jack of plates: Evidence of re-cycling

An analytical project to discover more about the iron plates in a Tudor jack of plates.

17. Duplex bulletproof armour

An analytical project to discover the makers mark on the inner plate of a duplex breastplate.

18. English Civil War carbine

An analytical project to determine what previous repairs had been carried out and hidden on this carbine.

19. A Heavily restored Corinthian helmet

An analytical project to determine the extent of earlier repairs to a 5th century BC “Corinthian” Greek helmet.

20. Screw threads as indicators of date

An analytical project to determine the authenticity of an object.

21. Analytical Projects

Analytical projects that illustrate the range of uses, and benefits to be gained from the scientific procedures used in the conservation department at the Royal Armouries.


2 Press Releases

1. Engineering more careers for women!

The Royal Armouries (RA) is co-ordinating two events aimed at inspiring teenagers to pursue careers in science and engineering next month (November) at the Tower of London.

2. Science on timetable at Fort Nelson

The Royal Armouries (RA) has secured a £3,000 grant to help put science on the timetable at historic Fort Nelson.