Royal Armouries

Royal Armouries
Museum
Armouries Drive
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS10 1LT
England

Website

www.royalarmouries.org

E-mail

enquiries@armouries.org.uk

Telephone

General enquiries

08700 344 344

Fax

0113 220 1955

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Royal Armouries Museum Leeds
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Home to Britain's national collection of arms and armour, the Royal Armouries Museum houses a world-renowned collection of over 75,000 objects.

Check out the weapons and armour of warriors through the ages from early medieval knights to the modern-day soldier.

Discover treasures from around the globe - explore the Ottoman Empire, the Wild West, Europe, Japan and India.

Wonder at the fabulous arms and armour of the Japanese shoguns, the royal houses of Europe and the kinds of England including Henry VIII who reigns supreme in our newly refurbished Tournament Gallery.

With exciting Hands on History interactives you'll get closer to the action than ever before.

A fascinating FREE day out for the whole family.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Daily 10:00 - 17:00

Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day

Admission charges

Museum admission is free.

The collection consists of some 70,000 examples of arms, armour and artillery dating from antiquity to the present day. It includes royal armours of the Tudor and Stuart kings; arms and armour of the English Civil Wars; British and foreign military weapons from the Board of Ordnance and MOD Pattern Room collections; hunting and sporting weapons, as well as an exceptional collection of oriental arms and armour.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Archives

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

They That are Left

  • 7 November 2014

They That are Left is a photographic exhibition of war veterans by artist Brian David Stevens, comprising black and white portraits taken at The Cenotaph on Armistice Days 2002-12. The exhibition is part of the Royal Armouries' Inspired by... programme. Next year, this exhibition will transfer to Fort Nelson.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • Any age
  • 18+

Website

http://www.royalarmouries.org

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
French and British troops detonating Mills hand grenades on the Balkan Front.

SEMINAR - The arms and armour of the First World War

  • 8 November 2014 10:30am-4:30pm

At the outbreak of war all armies fought with weapons designed in the 1880s
 and virtually no armour. Commanders on all sides were ill-prepared for the 
sheer scale of the war ahead, and although the stagnation of the Western Front drove innovation, the core tools available to the infantry soldier did not change significantly throughout the conflict.

Learn how Victorian technology was adapted to suit the tactics of this ‘modern’ warfare and get hands on with the deadly machines of the most destructive conflict in history.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£30.00

Website

http://www.royalarmouries.org/events/events-at-leeds/calendar/2014-08-23/seminar-deadly-machines-the-arms-and-armour-of-the-first-world-war

Watch out for Orcs and Zombies when you visit the Royal Armouries Museum this half term holiday. There’s something different every day to entertain and excite the whole family. Talks, craft activities and live combat demonstrations.

October Half Term

  • 25 October — 2 November 2014 *on now

Watch out for Orcs and Zombies when you visit the Royal Armouries Museum this half term holiday. There’s something different every day to entertain and excite the whole family. Talks, craft activities and live combat demonstrations.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.royalarmouries.org/events/events-at-leeds/calendar/2014-10-25/october-half-term-in-leeds

Get in the mood for the up-coming release of the third part of the trilogy with a back-to-back screening of The Hobbit, parts 1 and 2. (Theatrical version)

Back to Back Screenings - The Hobbit

  • 1 November 2014 11am-5pm

Get in the mood for the up-coming release of the third part of the trilogy with a back-to-back screening of The Hobbit, parts 1 and 2.
(Theatrical version)

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£10 per person

Website

http://www.royalarmouries.org/events/events-at-leeds/upcoming-events-and-calendar/calendar/2014-11-01/film-the-hobbit

black and white photograph of infantry with kit

TALK - The Origins of the Mad Minute

  • 1 November 2014 2-3pm

In August 1914 the British Expeditionary Force inflicted serious casualties on the advancing German First Army at Mons.

During the initial engagements at the Nimy Bridge, the rifle fire of soldiers of 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers was
 so effective that German soldiers believed that they were facing a battery of machine guns.

Here we explore how the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield was inspired by the tactics of the late 1890s North West Frontier engagements and study how it shaped British small arms tactics from Boer War to First World War.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£5.00.

Website

http://www.royalarmouries.org/events/events-at-leeds/upcoming-events-and-calendar/calendar/2014-11-01/talk-origins-of-the-mad-minute

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Guerilla Artists Family Art Workshops

Be inspired by objects in the collection to create your own immense
masterpiece. An ideal activity for groups of friends for that special day out.

How to obtain

TO BOOK A SESSION
Tel: 0113 220 1888
Email: educate.leeds@armouries.org.uk

Golden Wednesdays Art Workshops for Adults

These 90-minute adult art workshops will introduce you a variety of
inspiring and creative skills. Led by our specialist tutor, these
workshops are small, friendly and relaxed. All materials provided.

How to obtain

TO BOOK A SESSION
Tel: 0113 220 1888
Email: educate.leeds@armouries.org.uk

Golden Wednesdays Talks and Workshops for Adults

To welcome Henry VIII’s armours back to Leeds this summer after
a year on display in the Tower of London, we are hosting a series of
talks and workshops focusing on the Tudors.
These introductory sessions give an overview of some of the
significant events in the Tudor period, followed by a chance to
handle some of our original and replica objects.

How to obtain

TO BOOK A SESSION
Tel: 0113 220 1888
Email: educate.leeds@armouries.org.uk

Scouting and Girl Guiding Activity Days

The Royal Armouries is hosting a series of action-packed days designed especially for groups of Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
• Sessions last 60 minutes

How to obtain

0113 220 1888
educate.leeds@armouries.org.uk

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