Portrait of Reverend Paul Wilcock BEM Reverend Paul Wilcock BEM

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The Reverend Dr Paul Wilcock BEM is Director of the Arms and Armour Research Institute at the University of Huddersfield. He is also Honorary Historical Consultant to the Royal Armouries. Paul is advisor to His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry and to the Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust.

Paul came to the University of Huddersfield in 1992. He is Director of Student Services, however his academic research as a military historian focuses on antique weapons and he is now also Director of the Arms and Armour Research Institute. The Institute is a multi-disciplinary team which analyses historic artefacts using non-destructive techniques such as XRF and CT scanning.

His particular areas of academic interest include the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1789-1815; European Military History 1780-1918; European Edged Weapons 1780-1918; The French Cavalry 1789-1815; Identification and Markings on British and French Edged Weapons 1780-1918; Firearms of the First World War and The Peninsula Campaign. Paul teaches a final year module on Arms and Armour as well as supervising a number of research students.

Over the years Paul has been involved in providing advice to museums, auction houses and private collectors both in the UK and the USA. He has recently completed an initial survey of the Armoury of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry prior to the publication of a number of unique items in that collection. He is also writing a book on a previously unknown spy working with the Duke of Wellington in the Peninsula.

Paul is a trustee of the Prince of Wales Own Regiment of Yorkshire’s Museum, the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment Museum and Curatorial Adviser to the Royal Dragoon Guards Museum in York. In 2007 he was appointed by the Royal Armouries as an Historical Consultant in European Edged Weapons. Until 2013 he was Historical Consultant and Chair of the Academic Advisory Board of the Frazier History Museum in Louisville Kentucky.

Paul studied at Bristol and Leeds and was appointed Medallist of the Order of the British Empire in 2013

Research and Scholarship

  • Research with the Ponsonby family into the publication of a military history of the family through a selection of weapons carried throughout the 19th Century.
  • On-going research into the life and career of Major Robert John Harvey ADC to Marshal Beresford and confidante of the Duke of Wellington. This follows the presentation of a paper at the International Wellington Congress at Southampton University in 2010 and will lead to a biography of Major Harvey.
  • Research into the Armoury of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry leading to the publication of a series of unique artefacts and cataloguing of the Montagu archive.
  • Preparation of a compendium of articles featuring edged weapons currently housed in private collections and various regimental museums around the country.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Wilcock, P (2015) ‘Birmingham swords on the battlefields’. In: Fortunes of War: The West Midlands at the time of Waterloo. : West Midlands History. pp. 29-31. ISBN 978-1-905036-21-9

Wilcock, P (2015) ‘From Klingenthal to Waterloo – The French Cavalry SabreThe 94th London Antique Arms Fair Guide , pp. 36-43.

Williams, D. and Wilcock, P. (2015) ‘Early 18th-Century Military or Militia Pistols in the Armoury of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry at Boughton House: An Important Example of the Products of the London—Low Countries Supply ChainArms & Armour , 12 (1), pp. 30-44. ISSN 1741-6124

Wilcock, P (2015) A study of the issues surrounding the understanding of historic military artefacts as primary source documents with particular emphasis on the sword Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.


Wilcock, P (2014) ‘'It will all be over by Christmas'The 92nd London Antique Arms Fair Guide .


Wilcock, P (2013) ‘Le York Army MuseumSoldats Napoleoniens (11), pp. 80-83. ISSN 1770-085X


Wilcock, P (2012) ‘The Armoury of His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch and QueensberryArms & Armour , 9 (2), pp. 181-205. ISSN 17416124

Wilcock, P (2012) ‘King Joseph's chocolate potYorkshire Regiment Journal , 12, pp. 95-97.

Wilcock, P (2012) ‘The spoils of war - the enigmatic French ANVI Glaive de General’. In: The 88th London Antique Arms Fairs, Friday 27 April to Saturday 28 April 2012, Hotel Ibis, London, Earls Court


Wilcock, P (2011) ‘The Amherst FlagThe 86th London Antique Arms Fair Guide , pp. 28-31.


Wilcock, P (2010) ‘Risk and Reward The Life and Presentation Sword of Lieutenant Home Riggs PophamArms & Armour , 7 (2), pp. 142-154. ISSN 17416124

Wilcock, P (2010) ‘The Search for Major Harvey’. In: Wellington 2010: 4th International Congress, 8th - 11th July 2010, Southampton, UK

Wilcock, P (2010) ‘Colonel JAC Gibbs and the Mons DrumYorkshire Regiment Journal , 8, pp. 94-96.

Wilcock, P (2010) ‘The finest sword a man never received’. In: The 84th London Antique Arms Fairs, 24-25 April 2010, Hotel Ibis, London, Earls Court


Wilcock, P (2009) ‘General Amherst’s FlagYorkshire Regiment Journal , 7, pp. 83-84.

Wilcock, P (2009) ‘A Remarkable Sword for a Remarkable Officer’. In: The 82nd London Antique Arms Fairs, 24-25 April 2009, Hotel Ibis, London, Earls Court

Wilcock, P (2009) ‘Weapons in the Peninsula Campaign’. In: Hands-on Seminars, March 2009, Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds


Wilcock, P (2008) ‘Swords and Guns of Victoria’s Wars’. In: Hands-on Seminars, November 2008, Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

Wilcock, P (2008) ‘The Culloden PapersYorkshire Regiment Journal (5), p. 91.

Wilcock, P (2008) ‘Napoleon's First Sword?Arms and Armour , 5 (2), pp. 194-201. ISSN 17416124

Wilcock, P (2008) ‘Marshal Ney’s Snuff BoxYorkshire Regiment Journal (4), pp. 113-115.


Wilcock, P (2007) ‘Weapons of the Napoleonic Wars’. In: Hands-on Seminars, October 2007, Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

Wilcock, P (2007) ‘A Trophy of WarYorkshire Regiment Journal (3), pp. 88-89.

Wilcock, P (2007) Swords and Pistols Available at: http://www.swordsandpistols.co.uk/


Wilcock, P (2004) ‘From the Field of Waterloo: the dating of French cavalry sabresArms and Armour , 1 (1). ISSN 17416124


Wilcock, P (2003) ‘Testimonial Sword presented to Major Robert Harvey 1810Royal Armouries Yearbook , 7. ISSN 1366-3925

Research Degree Supervision

  • European Edged Weapons,
  • The Napoleonic Wars,
  • The French Cavalry 1780-1918,
  • The French Army 1780-1918,
  • Sword Manufacture.