Weapons in Society

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Date(s) - 26 September
9:15 am - 6:30 pm

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Registration is now open for the first ‘Weapons in Society’ conference, taking place in Leeds on 26 September 2019. This event explores the interrelation between arms and armour and wider social and political trends, with an interdisciplinary focus spanning technology and culture. Confirmed papers range from Elizabethan armour to the bouncing bomb, and from the UK to ancient Greece and colonial Western Australia, with a keynote speech by Dr Timothy Bowman.

Full details of the conference programme may be found at the conference website: https://royalarmouries.org/event/weapons-in-society/.

Taking place at the Royal Armouries, the conference will include both a tour of the galleries and the opportunity to handle selected artefacts from the national collection of arms and armour. There will also be a poster competition, to encourage junior researchers to share their research. Thanks to the generosity of the partners (the Royal Armouries, the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities, the Heritage Consortium, and Northern Bridge), bursaries are available to contribute towards travel expenses.

Tickets are available for £5 plus booking fee, and include refreshments and lunch. There will be an optional self-funded conference dinner at the end of the day. Priority in ticketing will be given to early career researchers (within 5 years of doctoral award), postgraduate researchers (doctoral and masters), and museums professionals, but individuals outside these groups should contact the steering committee to register their interest for when general tickets are released. For those who intend to stay overnight, a discounted corporate rate is available at a nearby hotel.

To book tickets, for more information on bursaries or the poster competition, or for any other questions, contact the steering committee at weaponsinsociety@gmail.com

Location: Royal Armouries, Armouries Drive,Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 1LT