|Seventeenth century drum|
|Collection of arms|
Of particular interest was the collection of 17th century arms and armour collected by Sir Thomas Myddleton, the son of the civil war general. In a further room was a painting of the battle of Budapest from the early 18th century
The conference had several papers presented on the theme of 'professionalism', starting with a discussion of what the term meant to people in the 17th century and how that compared with contemporary views. There was plenty within the day to inform and inspire and we both came away with plenty of food for thought.
The programme was
Prof Malcolm Wanklyn "The New Model Army and Politics, 1659-60
Serena Jones; "A Professional officer? Colonel George Lisle and professional reputations in the English Civil Wars, 1642-48.
Andrew Robertshaw; "Cavaliers on the field of Mars, the Honourable Artillery Company and the London trained Bands as the training ground for the officers of the 'London' regiment in the Royalist army 1643-46.
Peter Leadbetter; "Organising the perfect militia, the Liecestershire Trained Bands prior to the Civil Wars.
Simon Marsh; "A Case of drakes, James Wemyss and artillery innovation in the civil war.
John Barratt; " A Rabble of gentility?, the Northern Horse, 1644-45.