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Hands on history seminars

A range of sessions for the adult general public who are interested in deepening their understanding of our collection, arms and armour and its history.

This series of seminars will give you an opportunity to experience first hand some of the finest objects from the Royal Armouries great collections.

We’ve designed each seminar to highlight an aspect of the role of arms and armour, spanning a period from the early Middle Ages to the present day; looking at how important they are to our history and how they relate to events in Europe and Asia.

We hope to appeal to a wide audience, and not only the dedicated specialist.

Seeing and learning about rare and important pieces and having the opportunity to handle and discuss them with our knowledgeable curators and other collections specialists, is a dynamic and absorbing way to learn about aspects of the diverse range of arms and armour contained in this, the United Kingdom’s national collection.

Price: £30.00 per delegate (2-day seminars may cost more)

Seminars are offered at both Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds and Royal Armouries Fort Nelson, Fareham. Please check each listing for details of times and venue location.

Proof of photographic ID such as passport or driving license is needed for all seminars. Entrance may be denied without suitable identification.

Here is what some of our attendees have said:

“the two curators [were] extremely knowledgeable and make these days well worth attending”
“Happy that time for questions was given – very interesting”
“really enjoyed it, especially there being 2 curators”
“my first RA seminar and I’ve really enjoyed it and learned a lot – brilliant”

Forthcoming seminars are listed below:


  • As some of the world’s leading experts in arms and armour, our curators can give talks on a wide range of arms and armour, and related topics.

Did you know?

A flash in the pan

This expression originates with the misfire of a flintlock or similar gun. The powder in the pan was supposed to ignite the main charge in the barrel. Sometimes only the powder in the pan flashed without firing the main charge.

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