Library

The main library is housed in purpose built accommodation at the museum in Leeds, and collects material on the history and use of personal arms and armour, and other related subjects.

There are also special collections of early books on fencing and the art of warfare, manuals on military small arms, catalogues of arms and armour sales, and a large picture library comprising black and white prints and colour transparencies.

There are also libraries at the Tower of London which, collects material on the history of the Tower of London and its institutions, including the Board of Ordnance. And at Fort Nelson which, collects material on the history and development of artillery and fortification, and includes special collections of early books, handbooks, and drill manuals.

There is also a small reference collection of books and pamphlets on arms and armour at both of these sites.

Did you know?

Thunder birds are go!

Artillery pieces before about 1700 were often classified by names. A rare type of very big gun was known as a basilisk, a more common long powerful gun was known as a culverin while smaller versions were named after birds of prey such as saker and falcon.