The Emesa helmet (also known as the Homs helmet) is a Roman cavalry helmet from the early first century AD. It consists of an iron head piece and face mask, the latter of which is covered in a sheet of silver and presents the individualised portrait of a face, likely its owner #AceHistoryDesk reports

#AceHistoryReport – Mar.23: Decorations, some of which are gilded, adorn the head piece. Confiscated by Syrian police soon after looters discovered it amidst a complex of tombs in the modern-day city of Homs in 1936, the helmet was eventually thoroughly restored at the British Museum, and is now in the collection of the National Museum of Damascus. It has been exhibited internationally, although as of 2017, due to the Syrian Civil War, the more valuable items owned by the National Museum are hidden in underground storage.
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“ The Emesa Helmet “ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emesa_helmet

Ornately designed yet highly functional, the helmet was probably intended for both parades and battle: Its delicate covering is too fragile to have been put to use during cavalry tournaments, but the thick iron core would have defended against blows and arrows. Narrow slits for the eyes, with three small holes underneath to allow downward sight, sacrificed vision for protection; roughly cut notches below each eye suggest a hastily made modification of necessity.

“The helmet was found in a tomb near a monument to a former ruler of Emesa and, considering the lavishness of the silver and gold design, likely belonged to a member of the élite: As it is modelled after those helmets used in Roman tournaments, even if unlikely to have ever been worn in one, it may have been gifted by a Roman official to a Syrian general or, more likely, manufactured in Syria after the Roman style.

The acanthus scroll ornamentation seen on the neck guard recalls that used on Syrian temples, suggesting that the helmet may have been made in the luxury workshops of Antioch.”

#AceHistoryDesk report ………..Published: March.23: 2019:

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Abandoned railways, restored heritage

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Exploring abandoned and restored industrial railway heritage in south Scotland and Yorkshire.

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The Origins of Photography Great Britain: St Andrews

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Last week a major exhibition on the birth of British photography opened in Japan at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. Curator Keishi Mitsui had been working on this exhibition for several years and this also included multiple research trips to the UK, including St Andrews and the Library’s Special Collections Division, to learn more about our photographic material.

‘The Origins of Photography Great Britain’ Exhibition advertisement, Tokyo Japan © Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Last summer we were approached by the museum with a loan request to borrow a significant number of items for the exhibition as Mr Mitsui was keen to include the important contributions of the early Scottish photographers, many of whom were from the St Andrews area.

The Fishergate 1845, by D.O. Hill & Robert Adamson. SAUL ID: ALB-77-4

St Andrews Harbour, 1846, by D.O. Hill & Robert Adamson. SAUL ID: ALB-23-12

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A New Acquisition: J Pugh’s Photographic Documentation of Scottish Cultural Heritage

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Joining the Library’s Special Collections Division last September, Weitian Liu is the Enlight Foundation scholar. Weitian is currently pursuing an MPhil in History of Photography and working with the photo team in Special Collections on the cataloguing of the Franki Raffles Collection and other tasks. In this blog post, Weitian introduces one of the recent accessions that has been added to the library catalogue this month.

Approximately 900 photographic negatives taken by James Pugh, A.I.B.P., A.R.P.S. between 1967 and 1972 have been added recently to our catalogue for photographic collections.

Among the most common subjects of Pugh’s photographs are older buildings and ruins in Scotland—castles, bridges, churches, monuments, etc. Contributing to our documentation of Scottish culture and history, these photographs chime with one of the main themes that characterise our collection and constitute a fine addition to our historic collection.

Despite that the negatives, according to the donor, were bought…

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On #ThisDayinHistory 1953, Queen Elizabeth II is formally crowned monarch of the United Kingdom in a lavish ceremony steeped in traditions that date back a millennium #AceHistoryDesk reports

#AceHistoryNews – June.02: A thousand dignitaries and guests attended the coronation at Westminster Abbey, hundreds of millions listened on radio, and for the first time many watched the proceedings on live television #AceHistoryDesk reports

https://t.me/HistoricalPics/8677: After the ceremony, rain-drenched spectators cheered the 27-year-old queen and her husband, as they passed along a five-mile procession route in a gilded horse-drawn carriage. #Royalfamily #history #UKHistory #QueenElizabeth #OTD #AceHistoryNews

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On #ThisDayinHistory 1953, Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepalese Sherpa, become the f irst explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which at 29,035 feet above sea level is the highest poi nt on earth: News of their achievement broke around the world on June 2, the day of Queen Elizabeth II ’s coronation, and Britons hailed it as a good omen for their country’s future #AceHistoryDe sk reports

#AceHistoryNews – May.29: Mount Everest sits on the crest of the Great Himalayas in Asia, lying on the border between Nepal and Tibet. Called Chomo-Lungma, or “Mother Goddess of the Land,” by the Tibetans, the English named the mountain after Sir George Everest, a 19th-century British surveyor of South Asia.

https://t.me/HistoricalPics/8638: The first recorded attempt to climb Everest was made in 1921 by a British expedition that trekked 400 difficult miles across the Tibetan plateau to the foot of the great mountain: A raging storm forced them to abort their ascent, but the mountaineers, among them George Leigh Mallory, had seen what appeared to be a feasible route up the peak…………………It was Mallory who quipped when later asked by a journalist why he wanted to climb Everest, “Because it’s there.” Since Hillary and Norgay’s historic climb, numerous expeditions have made their way up to Everest’s summit……………………….In 1960, a Chinese expedition was the first to conquer the mountain from the Tibetan side, and in 1963 James Whittaker became the first American to top Everest: In 1975, Tabei Junko of Japan became the first woman to reach the summit………………Three years later, Reinhold Messner of Italy and Peter Habeler of Austria achieved what had been previously thought impossible: climbing to the Everest summit without oxygen. #MtEverest #TensingNorgay #EdmundHillary #history #Mountains #Tibet #Nepal #OTD #AceHistoryNews

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On #ThisDayinHistory 1912, the RMS Titanic, billed as unsinkable, sinks into the icy waters of the North Atl antic after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage, killing 1,517 people: The Titanic was thought to be the world’s fastest ship and was seen as virtually unsinkable, but history attests to this as not being true even today #AceHistoryDesk reports

#AceHistoryNews – Apr.15: On its first voyage, from Southampton, England, to New York with stops in Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown, Ireland, the Titanic was carrying 2,206 people, including a crew of 898: A relatively mild winter had produced a bumper crop of icebergs in the North Atlantic, but the crew, believing their ship was unsinkable, paid scant attention to warnings #AceNewsDesk reports

https://t.me/HistoricalPics/8334 On the night of Sunday, April 14, other ships in the area reported icebergs by radio, but their messages were not delivered to the bridge or the captain of the Titanic: The iceberg that struck the ship was spotted at 11:40 p.m: Although a dead-on collision was avoided, the Titanic‘s starboard side violently scraped the iceberg, ripping open six compartments……………The ship’s design could withstand only four compartments flooding………………Minutes later, the crew radioed for help, sending out an SOS signal, the first time the new type of help signal was used……………Ten minutes after midnight, the order for passengers to head for the lifeboats was given………………………..Unfortunately, there were only lifeboats for about half of the people on board…………………….Additionally, there had been no instruction or drills regarding such a procedure and general panic broke out on deck…………….The survivors–those who successfully made it onto the lifeboats–were largely women who were traveling first class. In fact, the third-class passengers were not even allowed onto the deck until the first-class female passengers had abandoned the ship. At 2:20 a.m., the Titanic finally sank…………….Breaking in half, it plunged downward to the sea floor………..Captain Edward Smith went down with the ship…………The Carpathia arrived about an hour later and rescued the 705 people who made it onto the lifeboats……….The people who were forced into the cold waters all perished: #Titanic #History #Unsinkable #OTD

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