THE CASE OF THE STEEL-PLATED SOLDIER
If we mention the name Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the chances are you will remember him as the creator of Sherlock Holmes. But did you know that Conan Doyle campaigned to persuade the British Government to develop and improve helmets, body armour and shields for soldiers fighting in the trenches during WW1?
The Case of the Steel-Plated Soldier, a temporary exhibition from the Royal Armouries which outlines Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's campaign to improve WW1 body armour is on show at the museum from January 22 to Saturday 27 April 2019.
Join us for Saving Lives, a talk with Philip Abbott from the Royal Armouries to find out more about Conan Doyle's campaign on Wednesday 24 April, 7-8pm.
Philip Abbott, Royal Armouries Archives and Records Manager, will give an account of how the creator of Sherlock Holmes used his fame to campaign for the adoption of helmets, body armour and shields by the British Army to reduce the horrific casualties on the Western Front.
Inspired by a collection of letters received by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle during the First World War, Philip sets out to explore the campaign to provide body armour to British soldiers serving in the trenches.
Tickets are £2 from museum reception or you can book a ticket via eventbrite: http://bit.ly/ConanD