Sunday, 16 August 2015

I have been to ... the Firepower through the Ages Event at Dover Catle, Kent

Sue and I visited Dover Castle in May, and we returned on Saturday to see a 'Firepower through the Ages' event that was being held there.

The event is being held two days (we went on the first day) and five different displays took place twice each day:
  • Ballista and catapulta demonstrated by the Roman Military Research Society (11.00am and 1.30pm)
  • Trebuchet (and archery) demonstrated by the Medieval Siege Society (11.30am and 2.00pm)

  • Early gunpowder cannons demonstrated by The Kynges Ordynance (12.00pm and 2.30pm)

  • Seventeenth century cannons demonstrated by the Sealed Knot (12.30pm and 3.00pm)
  • 3-inch anti-aircraft gun demonstrated by English Heritage volunteers (1.00pm and 3.30pm)

I managed to video some of the demonstrations, and hope to make these videos available on YouTube at some point.


  1. Quite a nice variety of offerings on display there!

  2. Gonsalvo,

    It was an eclectic collection of demonstrations, but at least they were presented in a chronological order.

    All the best,


  3. Looks like a fun day out. To be fair the reconstructed catapults make it for me. I've got a small torsion one of my own made by a DT teacher friend of mine and it has an impressive amount of power it it... what those big ones could be capable of is something I'd like to see.



  4. Pete,

    It was a very enjoyable day out.

    The trebuchet that was demonstrated was a one-third replica ... and when it was fired, the 'ammunition' went a long way up before coming down with a real crunch. The range would have been longer as well, and should have kept the weapon and crew well out of bow shot.

    All the best,



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