Royce Metals Pioneering Materials exhibition showcased at Armourers and Brasiers’ Alumni Evening

This year’s Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers’ Alumni Evening took place on 29th January 2023 at the Armourers’ Hall in London.

Royce was delighted to be able to showcase its Metals Pioneering Materials Exhibition at the Livery Hall as part of the important, annual event. The exhibition is run in association with the Armourers and Brasiers’ Gauntlet Trust Charity and AWE and explains the use of metals for technological advancement, as well as explaining their discovery and journey into widespread use.

The evening commenced with reception, followed by a welcome from The Guild Master Dr Roger Bowdler, and an introduction by Mr Mike Goulette, Chairman of the Armourers and Brasiers Materials Science Committee.

The highlight of the evening was a Science Elevator Pitch Competition, chaired by Materials science researcher turned secondary school Physics teacher Dr James Perkins, where 8 talented PhD students had the opportunity to present their research in concise 3-minute pitches to the attentive audience.

After the presentations, attendees voted for their favourite pitch, and the winner was announced, along with the final prize announcement, in the Livery Hall.

Royce Public Outreach Officer, Dr Alice La Porta said:

“I was honoured to attend this prestigious event and represent Royce along with our fantastic exhibition. It received significant interest and positive feedback, particularly about the journey through time and the histories of different metals, and why they have come to surround us in contemporary life.

“The student speakers also gave fantastic and insightful talks and brought to life the importance of material science to the many challenges we face in the world today.”

The Armourers & Brasiers’ Company started life in 1322 as the medieval guild charged with overseeing standards in the production of arms and armour. Over the centuries, its purpose has changed a number of times and it now exists primarily to promote materials science in the United Kingdom; to preserve its historic home, Armourers’ Hall; and to promote fellowship amongst its members and all those who share its aspirations.