Swords have been an iconic element of the British Army’s arsenal throughout its history, from the cut-and-thrust of the battlefield to modern-day ceremonial use.
Curator Sophie Stathi will begin this special evening event by outlining the history of swords in the British Army, showing how their design has evolved based on their function as a weapon of war and a symbol of power.
Sophie will showcase the range of swords that the National Army Museum holds - including some not normally on public display - and describe the work that goes into preserving them for posterity.
After that, Robert Pooley - founder of Pooley Sword, the leading supplier of swords to the British Armed Forces - will explain how today’s ceremonial swords are made. Presenting a selection of blades at different stages of completion, Robert will demonstrate the techniques that go into making each sword and the unique heritage that influences their design.
In 2005, Wilkinson Sword, which had been manufacturing blades for over 200 years, ceased trading. Robert Pooley purchased their drawings, spares and much of their tooling, including both heavy and light machinery.
Since then, Pooley Sword has established an outstanding reputation for craftsmanship. Each of their swords is made in England specifically for each individual by highly skilled sword cutlers, using traditional materials and methods.