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Donate today and help us to fund the creation of a bespoke helmet based on a 500 year old Tudor object from our collection. This one of a kind item will be worn by a brave knight during our Tudor-themed joust tournament in May 2020 and will then become part of our handling and live interpretation collection, allowing you to get ‘hands on’ with this unique piece of history.
We need to raise £1,750 towards the costs of materials and the skilled work of an expert armourer to create this unique piece to help us commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold.
Help us to create a piece of history.
How will your donations help?
Any donation from you, large or small, will help us to bring this unique piece of history to life.
- A donation of £2.50 will pay for a cup of coffee to keep our Armourer going
- A donation of £5 will pay for a chin strap buckle
- A donation of £10 will pay for the leather used in the lining of the helmet
- A donation of £25 will pay for a closure staple
- A donation of £35 will pay for a bottle of gas for the Armourer’s forge
- A donation of £100 will pay for steel used to create the helmet
All supporters will receive an early bird booking link for the Field of Cloth of Gold tournament in 2020, giving you the opportunity to book your seats early for what should be an exciting weekend of Tudor revelry!
The Field of Cloth of Gold
2020 celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold, the single largest and most expensive summit-meeting-cum-sporting-event of the sixteenth century, staged just south of Calais between King Henry VIII and the French King, Francis I. The Royal Armouries holds one of the most compelling collections of arms and armour from the Tudor period anywhere in existence, including rare objects from The Field of Cloth of Gold, such as the imposing foot combat armours of King Henry VIII himself.
To celebrate this important anniversary, the Royal Armouries will stage a special programme of events next year, including a grand international jousting tournament in May 2020 and an exhibition of remarkable objects relating to the Field of Cloth of Gold.
Believed to have once hung over the tomb of the experienced military commander and Knight of the Garter Thomas West, seventh Baron West and eighth Baron de la Warr (1457-1525), this remarkable helmet is a rare early 16th century Anglo-Flemish great bascinet made for the ‘Joust Royal’ or Joust of Peace. Although the name of the armourer is unknown, this helmet is a tour de force of the armourer’s craft; clearly made by someone who was exceptionally skilled. Carefully designed to ensure maximum protection the distinctive and highly unusual triple-brow reinforce makes this object unique. Our experts believe it is the only one like it in the world.
A lasting legacy
Following the joust, the armour will become part of our handling and live interpretation collection, allowing you, your families, and all our visitors to get hands-on with a unique piece of craftsmanship. This includes special sessions with pupils and young people from across the Yorkshire region as part of our formal learning programmes, as well as live combat demonstrations and talks in our gallery daily programme.
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