A Tale of Medieval Arms & Armour from the Society of Antiquaries Library

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A Tale of Medieval Arms & Armour from the Society of Antiquaries Library

December 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm



Wee Willie & the King’s Silver Trousers: A Tale of Medieval Arms & Armour from the Society of Antiquaries Library

Lecture by Dr Ralph Moffat

The Society of Antiquaries of London has in its care a very rare document. Dating from the reign of Edward III, this scrap of parchment contains a wealth of detail as to the arms and armour used in the court of a king obsessed with war, jousting and tournaments. The details of its content can be unpicked and its vocabulary explained. Using objects and artworks from Glasgow Museums’ fantastic collections for illustrative purposes, this short talk (max 40 mins) will provide some insight into the glittering (but sometimes greasy) world of medieval arms and armour. There will also be a solution to the riddle of Wee Willie and the royal silver trousers!

The speaker is currently working on primary sources of this kind as part of a wider project leading to a major publication: a sourcebook for the study of medieval arms and armour. Presenting research to a variety of audience-types (scholarly and general) is greatly beneficial to the speaker as an author. Through this, a better understanding is gained of how best to engage people with the subject as a whole.

Please note that due to COVID 19 restrictions we are unsure if this event will be held at Burlington House or just live streamed. Moving forward all our lectures will be live streamed so booking is recommended to recieve the live stream link. If attendance at Burlington House is feasible it will be limited and allocated through the booking link below. 

Attendance by Live Stream:

  • Registration is essential.
  • Open to anyone to join, Fellows and Non-Fellows.
  • Once you have registered we will be in touch regarding how you can join via Zoom video-calling.
  • The event will also be live-streamed to YouTube here, so you can watch along if you prefer
  • Places through zoom will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The event will begin at 13.00, GMT.
  • You will recieve an email with the link to join the day before the lecture.
  • Attendees’ cameras and microphones will be off throughout.

Attending Burlington House:

  • Tickets to attend in person will be released one month before the event
  • Registration is essential.
  • Those attending in person will be subject to temperature checks and will have to wear masks in the Meeting Room.
  • There will be no refreshments.
  • There will be no access to the Library or Fellows Room.
  • Admittance to the event is only 20minutes prior.
  • Fellows can not bring guests.

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December 1
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Society of Antiquaries of London
Burlington House, Piccadilly
London, W1J 0BE United Kingdom
020 7479 7080


Society of Antiquaries of London
020 7479 7080