Jonathan Ferguson is Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum based in Leeds.
Having completed a first degree in Archaeology (BA, Exeter 1997-2000), Jonathan began his museum career as a volunteer at Coldharbour Mill Museum in Devon. After further voluntary work with the National Museum of Ireland, he received his postgraduate diploma in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester in 2002, and found work at Colchester Museum documenting the archaeological and oral history collections there.
In 2006 he joined the Collections Department at the Imperial War Museum’s Duxford site, sourcing objects and carrying out research for the major ‘AirSpace’ redevelopment. He then became Assistant Curator of Military History at the National War Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh Castle where he curated the exhibition ‘Call to Arms’ in 2008.
He took up the post of Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries in 2009. Based at the National Firearms Centre, his research interests are in the area of use and effect of firearms, and gun-related mythology and folklore. In 2011 he gave his first conference paper at the University of Kent’s Guns and Identity conference, on the subject of the historical use of expanding, exploding, poisoned, and otherwise illicit ammunition. He has been researching so-called ‘vampire killing kits’ since 2007, and published his findings in ‘_Fortean Times_’ (issue 288, May 2012).Also in 2012, he co-authored ‘_Matchlocks from the Royal Armouries_’ showcasing the museum’s collection.