Exhibitions

Kings Troop

The King’s Troop 70th Anniversary Parade

The King’s Troop 70th Anniversary Parade is due to take place on the 19th of October 2017 in Hyde Park, London. The event celebrates 70 years since the troop’s formation with a royal Review by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery has existed since 1946 and had its first royal visit on 24th October 1947 by King George VI to the Riding Troop. He famously scratched out the name Riding and replaced it with King’s, and from then on in they were The King’s Troop. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery form the Queen’s ceremonial Saluting Battery. The Troop is a mounted unit and is stationed at Woolwich, London. The troop’s duties include the firing of the Royal Salutes on royal anniversaries, and providing a gun carriage and team of block horses for state and military funerals. The troop also performs the duties of the Queen’s Life Guard at Horse Guard’s for one month each year. We [...]

Sprang Weaving

Sprang is an ancient method of constructing fabric that gives it an appearance similar to netting so that it has natural elasticity. Sprang, unlike netting, however, is constructed from entirely warp threads. The sprang structure is close to a Leno weave but without the weft so that it is inherently flexible. Although examples of sprang can be seen back in the Bronze Age, there were no written records until the late nineteenth century. These days knitting has taken over sprang constructions, however, there are many examples in museums of product woven in a sprang construction which is often misidentified as knitted. Wyedean possesses a sprang fabric hand loom,similar to the one in the picture, which, to the best of our knowledge is one of only two in existence, the other we understand is in London owned by the Royal School of Needlework. Our loom hasn’t been used for many years and was last used in the 1980s to manufacture British Army Generals Guards Full [...]

Yeomen Warder

Yeomen Warders

Beefeaters, is the affectionate name given to what are more formally known as the Yeomen Warders of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London, and Members of the Sovereign’s Body Guard of the Yeoman Guard Extraordinary. They are responsible for looking after any prisoners in the Tower of London and safeguarding the British crown jewels but are also the ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London. To be eligible to become a warder you must be retired from the Armed Forces of Commonwealth realms and must have been a former warrant officer having at least 22 years of service. You must also hold the Long Service and Good Conduct medal. The Yeomen Warders were originally formed in 1485 by King Henry VII. Since the Victorian era they have conducted guided tours around the Tower of London. In 2011 there were 37 Yeomen Warders and one Chief Warder. Each night the Beefeaters participate in the Ceremony of the Keys. One [...]

Tropping of the Colour 2016

Military Parade

A military parade is an organised formation of soldiers who restricted by close-order manoeuvring marching or ‘drilling’. Up until the late 19th century soldiers fought in formation, but in modern times the military parade is now entirely ceremonial. Sometimes a parade is performed to exhibit the military strength of a nation. The oldest and largest military parade in Europe is the Bastille Day Military Parade on the 14th of July in Paris during France’s national day celebrations. The terminology comes from close order formation combat where soldiers were held in strict formations to maximise their combat effectiveness. Military drills are performed to memorise certain actions, formations and movements. Recruits in modern armies are taught drills to show them how to work as a team while formations are also still used in riot control. There are four directions used in a parade: the Advance, the Retire, the Left and the Right. The Advance is the primary direction of movement and on a [...]

Flying Scotsman

Flying Scotsman on the Worth Valley Railway.

The Flying Scotsman was built in Doncaster for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) in 1923. It was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley and was to become one of the most powerful locomotives used on British railways. The locomotive has a top speed of over 100 MPH and was the first to reach that speed making it world famous. The Flying Scotsman’s unique features is a corridor through the tender enabling engine driver changeover without stopping the train, which in turn allowed the first non-stop 4 hour service between London and Edinburgh. Between 1st and 9th of April, the Flying Scotsman will be on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. The locomotive will be taking passengers between Keighley and Oxenhope on 5 return trips each day with around 250 passengers on each leg meaning that over 10,000 people will travel up and down the line that week, with many more spectators also expected up and down the route taking photographs. [...]

Wyedean Exhibiting at IDEX 2017

International Defence Exhibition and conference (IDEX)

Wyedean IDEX Exhibition The International Defence Exhibition and Conference, or IDEX as it’s more commonly known, is the most important tri-service defence exhibition in the world. It is the only international defence exhibition of its kind; demonstrating the latest technology for defence for land, sea and air. The conference is held every two years at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and fills the full 133,000sqm of its event space. This year the IDEX conference takes place during the 19th-23rd of February. IDEX is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and is organised by the IDEX LLC in association and with the full support of the UAE Armed Forces. More than 100,000 people attend the conference from across the world. The people attending also include representatives from Defence Ministers, and Army, Navy and Airforce Commanders. There are 12 indoor exhibition halls full of local [...]

RMBS Musicians Drummers

Why do Military Regiments have Bands?

Music is an important and influential part of military life and is seen as a strong source of morale. Musicians support the regiments at ceremonial events and consist mostly of wind and percussion instruments. As well as appearing at parades such as the Remembrance Day Parade, military bands have also been known to be deployed on operations to Iraq to serve as army reserve soldiers. There are two types of historical traditions in military bands. The first uses field music instruments such as drums or trumpets. This type of band was used to control troops on the battlefields. Long before the high-tech battlefields of today, signalling in camp and on the field was carried out by the beating of a drum and the sounding of the trumpets. The second tradition uses brass and woodwind instruments. Bands were formed by soldiers, and each regiment in the British Army maintained its own military band. Until 1749 bandsmen were civilians and then at a [...]

Remembrance Day 2016

Soldier Wearing Poppy and Afghanistan Medal Britain will fall silent for two minutes to remember the end of the First World War on Friday the 11th of November. This tradition of holding a silence was started by King George V to ensure that the ‘thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.’ This day is called Armistice Day, Remembrance Day or sometimes more informally Poppy Day. From 2014 to 2018 this day has an added significance from the fact that this period marks the centenary of the First World War. From 1919 until 1945, Armistice Day was always on the 11th of November. In 1946 it was moved to Remembrance Sunday. Since the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II in 1995 it became usual to have ceremonies on both days. In 2006 Veterans Day was also created to help celebrate the achievements of the veterans. Today this is named Armed Forces Day and held annually. This year [...]

Drummers Band Infantry Regiment

Military Tunic Embellished With Fleur-De-Lis

Military Tunic The May 2016 edition of popular fashion magazine Vogue contains a feature exploring some of the Rolling Stones’ most unforgettable costumes, modelled by Kate Moss (Photographed by Craig McDean). One piece of clothing in particular caught our attention, which is the red drummers’ military tunic, traditionally worn by drummers in the bands of the Infantry regiment. “What the Stones did was to adopt the clothes of the establishment and make them irreverent and threatening.  Suddenly these gentlemanly suits become a raucously sexual kind of veneer over their wildness.” (Bella Freud, Vogue 2016). Mick Jagger had many military jackets, but the one pictured here is the only remaining example in the Rolling Stones archive. He actually bought it for approximately £4 from Robert Orbach at John Stephen on Carnaby Street and wore it for a performance on Ready Steady Go! on October 1966 and recollects that: “The next morning there was a line of about a hundred people wanting to buy it… [...]

BBC Drama ‘To Walk Invisible’ Brings Famous Bronte Family Back to Life

Penistone Hill in Haworth is perhaps the most fitting of locations for the filming of a major new BBC drama series about Haworth’s most famous literary family the Brontes. To Walk Invisible will be filmed in and around Haworth during the months of May and June with the BBC promising to turn back the clock and transform Haworth’s famous Main Street to its former Victorian glory. A full-sized replica of Bronte Parsonage and its surrounding buildings is currently being built on the stunning, but windy wilds of Penistone Hill between Haworth and Stanbury. This much anticipated BBC drama has been penned by Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax creator Sally Wainwright, with Johnathan Pryce of Game of Thrones fame, cast as the Bronte’s father Patrick. Chloe Pirrie (War and Peace) will play Emily, Finn Atkins (Common) will play Charlotte and Charlie Murphy (Happy Valley) will take on the role of youngest sister Anne. To Walk Invisible promises to take a look at this [...]