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201 Press Releases

1. Mobilising the big guns

Photocall – You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to record a major milestone in the £3.5m revamp of the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson at 11am on Monday (July 4).

2. Seriously Spooky – Thrills and Chills at Fort Nelson this half-term

Prepare to be scared – head to the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson this October half-term for a host of Halloween horrors.

3. ARMED AND READY FOR SUMMER FUN

Children can explore their favourite fantasies and see history come alive this summer at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

4. From I Spy to iPods – History goes high tech at Fort Nelson

The Royal Armouries today launches its brand new state-of-the-art education facilities at Fort Nelson – using the latest interactive technology to make history come alive for Hampshire primary schoolchildren.

5. ROBOTS LIVE COMES TO LEEDS!

The UK’s most spectacular robotic show – Robots Live! – arrives at the Royal Armouries Museum later this month as the highlight of our first-ever Robot Weekend (July 21 and 22).

6. Exciting Easter events at the Royal Armouries

From the thrills and spills of stunt riders performing in a spectacular horse show – to discovering animal tracking skills in the desert and jungle – the Royal Armouries has lined up a fun-packed programme of events this Easter.

7. OTHER RANKS – LEST WE FORGET

The power of sound is the focal point in capturing the promises made, and the price paid by those serving under the British flag, in a new exhibition opening at Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson, on November 4.

8. NATIONAL JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR IS NEW TRUSTEE OF ROYAL ARMOURIES

Journalist, author and broadcaster Mark Urban has been appointed as a Trustee of the Royal Armouries for a four-year term.

9. £25 to fire a 25-pounder gun

Are you looking for an explosive Christmas gift that’s guaranteed to make a special person’s day go off with a bang? Then the Royal Armouries Museum in Hampshire has just the answer.

10. Royal Armouries’ fencing team to battle it out for Red Nose Day!

he Royal Armouries’ fencing club will stage a Red Nose battle at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds on Friday (March 4) to encourage local people to do “something funny for money” in preparation for for Red Nose Day (March 18).

11. WORLD’S LARGEST SPORTING RIFLE TO GO ON DISPLAY IN LEEDS

The world’s largest and most powerful genuine sporting rifle is set to go on permanent display in the Hunting Gallery at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

12. The Big Free – celebrating 10 years of free museum admission

Three of Yorkshire’s major tourist attractions celebrate the 10th anniversary of free admission to national museums on December 1 by pledging, “We’re free and plan to stay that way”.

13. Knights in Shining Armour to battle it out for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Trophy

Cheer on your favourite knight in shining armour as they clash head to head in an August Bank Holiday Tournament at the Royal Armouries Museum this weekend (August 27-29).

14. Mobilising the guns at Fort Nelson

A highly skilled operation to move some of the most famous big guns in history into the spectacular new glass-sided gallery at Fort Nelson started today (4 July 2011).

15. Commemorating the Battle of Towton 1461

Britain’s oldest museum is staging a weekend of events to commemorate the bloodiest battle of the Wars of the Roses.

16. Take a trip down Memory Lane

The Royal Armouries Museum – which is currently revamping the Portsdown Hill Fort and transforming it into a visitor attraction fit for the 21st Century – is appealing for local people to get in touch and to share their memories and memorabilia.

17. 500 Years of Royal Arms and Armour ‘Fit for a King’ at the Tower of London

New permanent exhibition ‘Fit for a King’ to open in the Tower of London’s White Tower this Easter (1 April 2010)
Press preview: 9am – 1pm, Wednesday 31 March 2010

18. Treat your mum like a queen at the Royal Armouries

Why not make a change from the usual chocolates and bubble bath and treat your Mum to an exciting show featuring our chivalrous knights in shining armour and their brave steeds. Every Mum at the joust will receive a special gift of roses.

19. Royal Armouries highlights key achievements for 2009

Britain’s oldest museum, the Royal Armouries, today (Wednesday, March 3) reports one of the most positive years in its long and illustrious history.

20. More visitors flock to Britain’s oldest museum

More than 271,000 visitors flocked to the Royal Armouries (RA) Museum in Leeds in 2009 – an annual increase of nearly 3.5 percent.

21. Intrepid youngsters launch an armoured assault on Fort Nelson

Youngsters are being invited to beat the February half-term blues and let off steam by joining an “Armoured Assault” session at historic Fort Nelson.

22. Royal Armouries supports campaign to save UK’s largest treasure hoard for the West Midlands

The Royal Armouries is backing an official campaign to raise £3.3m to save the 7th Century Staffordshire Hoard from being split up and sold on the open market.

23. Explore the mysteries of the East this weekend in Leeds

Banish the last of the January blues and discover treasures from Japan and China at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, this weekend (January 30 and 31).

24. Fort Nelson closed on Wednesday 6 January-due to adverse weather conditions

Due to adverse weather conditions and overnight heavy snow in Hampshire, the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson will be closed today (Wednesday). We will issue an update informing you when the museum will reopen.

25. FORT NELSON TATTOO LAUNCHES WITH A BANG

Join the Royal Armouries as the Victorian Fort comes alive during this spectacular event – complete with explosive gun firings, rousing military bands, historic re-enactments and breath-taking displays.

26. Business as usual – Christmas still celebrated at Fort Nelson!

At Fort Nelson there’s a fun-packed programme to keep the kids occupied in both the run up to Christmas and during the traditional lull between the Big Day and the New Year.

27. Special Xmas Offer - Fire a 25-pounder Gun for £25

Are you looking for an explosive Christmas gift that’s guaranteed to make a special person’s day go off with a bang? Then the Royal Armouries Museum in Hampshire has just the answer.

28. Video footage of the Big Bang to launch Fort Nelson £3.5m Development

Cannon fire and spectacular pyrotechnic effects ensured the long-awaited redevelopment project went off with a “bang” as demolition works starts at the Victorian fort, high on Portsdown Hill, near Fareham.

29. PHOTOCALL NOTICE: FORT NELSON TATTOO LAUNCHES WITH A BANG

You are invited to send photographers/reporters/film crews to Fort Nelson at 11am on Friday (June 29) as the Royal Armouries officially launches the Fort Nelson Tattoo – in aid of three Armed Services’ Charities.

30. “Big Bang” to launch the £3.5m redevelopment of Fort Nelson

The Trustees and Master of the Royal Armouries (RA) are inviting the public to experience the “explosive launch” of the £3.5 million project to revamp Fort Nelson.

31. Royal Armouries successfully 'stakes' a claim to vampire hunter kit

A vampire slaying kit – inspired by 19th century folklore and fiction – has been bought at auction by the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

32. Lest we forget! Fort Nelson honours Britain’s war dead

Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of a gun salute to mark Remembrance Sunday on November 8 and also the 91st anniversary of Armistice Day on Wednesday, 11th November.

33. Prescription for last prisoner executed at the Tower of London forms part of successful Royal Armouries’ auction bid

Britain’s oldest museum has bought four fascinating new exhibits – including sedative prescriptions made out to the last prisoner executed at the Tower of London and also to Hitler’s deputy Rudolph Hess.

34. Royal Armouries to host major international conference in Leeds

Experts from around the world will travel to the Royal Armouries (RA) in Leeds for a major international conference on the study of Renaissance arms and armour.

35. Heritage Lottery Fund gives £2 million to redevelop Fort Nelson

Heritage Lottery Fund gives £2 million to redevelop Fort Nelson
Once Portsmouth’s protective barrier to French invasion in Victorian times and air attack during World War Two, Fort Nelson is now home to the national collection of historic artillery.

36. School children pay special tribute to Lord Nelson

Schoolchildren will discover the history behind the Nelson monument – the historic landmark that’s guided sailors safely to shore for two centuries – as part of Fort Nelson’s Trafalgar Day commemorations on Wednesday, October 21.

37. Royal Armouries backs the bid to “bring football home”

The Royal Armouries in Leeds is adding its voice to the hundreds of local people, businesses and organisations that are hoping to bring the World Cup party to West Yorkshire, with games being played at Leeds United’s Elland Road.

38. Engineering more careers for women!

The Royal Armouries (RA) is co-ordinating two events aimed at inspiring teenagers to pursue careers in science and engineering next month (November) at the Tower of London.

39. Showcase movie exhibition puts Royal Armouries in the running for a tourism Oscar

Britain’s oldest museum, the Royal Armouries in Leeds, is in the running for a Yorkshire tourism award following the success of its exciting exhibition – Arms and Armour from the Movies: The Wonderful World of Weta.

40. Celebrating Britain's Glorious Past!

Take a fascinating look behind the scenes at historic Fort Nelson as part of the National Heritage Open Days weekend. Enjoy guided tours of Fort areas not normally open to the public and witness the power and might of big gun firings by the PAV.

41. Pay tribute to Britain’s Forgotten Army

A free day of commemorations to pay tribute to the gallant efforts of Britain’s Forgotten Army will mark the 64th anniversary of Victory in Japan (VJ) Day at Fort Nelson on Saturday, 15th August.

42. Beat the credit crunch and the British weather by enjoying kids’ free days out this summer!

A special event to mark the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s historic moon landing is just one of the free events at Fort Nelson this summer to keep the kids out of mischief.

43. Science on timetable at Fort Nelson

The Royal Armouries (RA) has secured a £3,000 grant to help put science on the timetable at historic Fort Nelson.

44. Napoleonic Weekend

This special themed event features some of the most exciting stories from the era of Napoleon, the Peninsular War and fictional book/TV character Sharpe.

45. Fort Nelson setting for big bangs this Easter weekend as Allied Troops battle for control in Second World War event!

Allied troops will launch a major offensive at Fort Nelson over the Easter weekend in a 1940s-style battle to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

46. Schoolchildren discover the world of Isaac Newton at the Tower of London

Schoolchildren have been given a unique insight into one of Britain’s most famous and iconic scientific figures – Sir Isaac Newton – at a two-day workshop, run by the Royal Armouries’ education team.

47. Royal Armouries Museum to host one-day event for museum and archive education professionals

A one-day event on May 6 for museum and archive education professionals. Led by speakers from three different ITT providers, the free event also examines the ways in which ITT Institutions and museums and archives have worked together.

48. Six impressive cannon go on display at Britain’s oldest museum

Six newly-restored cannon are due to be unveiled at the Royal Armouries (RA) Museum, Leeds, on Thursday 22 April – creating a “wow factor” as visitors arrive at Clarence Dock.

49. Sign up, Sign up! - Join Queen Victoria’s Army at Fort Nelson this Bank Holiday

Dress up as a Victorian and head down to the Royal Armouries Museum on Sunday, May 2, and Bank Holiday Monday (May 3) for a fun-packed children’s event at Fort Nelson in Fareham.

50. Enjoy May Bank Holiday Roman-style with the Royal Armouries

Head down to the Royal Armouries in Leeds this Bank Holiday Weekend (May 1-3) and step back 2,000 years with have-a-go fun – Roman style!

51. Commemorate the 65th anniversary of VE Day at Fort Nelson

A free day of commemorations to mark the 65th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day will be held at Fort Nelson on Saturday, May 8.

52. A Night at the Museum – Fort Nelson by torchlight

Fort Nelson will resound to the sound of gunfire and muzzle flashes as the Royal Armouries fires a battery of guns to round off its Museum at Night event on Friday (May 14).

53. Ann Green receives CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Armouries, Ann Green, receives CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

54. The Royal Armouries rolls out its big boys’ toys for Fathers’ Day

The Royal Armouries has lined up an action-packed programme of events to mark the Fathers’ Day weekend, including authentic medieval jousting on Saturday and Sunday (June 19 and 20), falconry displays, and “have a go” sword sessions for the kids.

55. Biggest boys’ toys are rolled out for Fathers’ Day!

Make Fathers’ Day go with a bang – and witness the power and might of the Royal Armouries’ biggest guns – by enjoying a free day out at Fort Nelson, on Sunday (June 20).

56. War veteran to take up post up at the Royal Armouries

Afghanistan War veteran Lance Corporal David Stirling Brown has joined the Royal Armouries Museum after being injured during the fight against the Taliban.

57. Royal Armouries scoops top educational award

Britain’s oldest museum has been awarded a prestigious Sandford Award in recognition of its “exciting” and “imaginative” education programme.

58. Dangerously Entertaining kids’ days out at Fort Nelson this Summer!

Beat the summer holiday blues with the Royal Armouries’ fun-packed programme of kids’ low-cost events at Fort Nelson – featuring pirates, gladiators, commando courses, hunting hawks and even a Victorian flea circus!

59. Just Jousting – Experience the Thrills and Spills of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Challenge

Cheer on some of the world’s top jousters as they clash head to head for HM The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Trophy at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds this Bank Holiday (August 28 to 30).

60. Honour Britain’s Forgotten Army on 65th anniversary of VJ Day

A free day of commemorations to pay tribute to the gallant efforts of Britain’s Forgotten Army will mark the 65th anniversary of Victory in Japan (VJ) Day at Fort Nelson on Sunday, August 15.

61. Fort Nelson transformed into museum for the 21st Century

A £3.5m project to transform the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson reaches a major milestone today (Monday, August 9) with the start of much-awaited building works.

62. Embrace the ‘Blitz Spirit’ and ‘Muster The Troops’ at the Royal Armouries this September

Jitterbug back to the 1940s for a weekend of music, food and dance, celebrating the spirit of the Blitz at The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, on September 18 and 19.

63. CELEBRATING BRITAIN’S GLORIOUS PAST!

Take a fascinating look behind the scenes at historic Fort Nelson this weekend (September 11 and 12) as part of the National Heritage Open Days weekend.

64. The 'Armed Man' comes home

Royal Armouries is delighted to be collaborating with Sing Live UK on three performances of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins.

65. History comes to life in education partnership!

From The Battle of the Somme to the challenges faced by Elizabeth I as she donned her famous Armada dress – film students have helped make history come alive as one of the highlights of a highly successful Royal Armouries’ education partnership.

66. The Royal Armouries pays tribute to the late Jimi Heselden OBE

Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley has paid tribute to Leeds’ businessman and philanthropist Jimi Heselden OBE who died at the weekend – describing him as a “true friend” to British soldiers overseas.

67. Drawing in the Dark at Fort Nelson next Saturday

Venture into depths of Fort Nelson next Saturday (October 9) as the Royal Armouries celebrates The Big Draw – an annual initiative to encourage everybody to discover the delights of drawing.

68. Medi-Evil Mischief

Dare you visit the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, this half term in the run up to the spookiest night of the year – Halloween?

Not for the faint-hearted, Medi-Evil Mischief offers gruesome entertainment for all the family.

69. Preventing Genocide

Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley – Director General and Master of the Armouries – has delivered a keynote speech examining the role of military leadership in preventing mass atrocities.

70. Seriously spooky Halloween thrills and chills at historic Fort Nelson

Looking for a great event to get the kids in the mood in the run up to the spookiest night of the year? Then join mad Victorian scientist Dr Terror on a spine-chilling journey into the dark tunnels and chambers beneath Fort Nelson, near Fareham.

71. Trafalgar Day gun marks anniversary at Fort Nelson

Trafalgar Day – marking one of Britain’s greatest Naval victories – will be commemorated at Fort Nelson later this month with the firing of a 205-year-old gun, of the kind used on board HMS Victory in 1805.

72. Digging deep for a Victorian spade

Do you have great-granddad’s old spade lurking in your garden shed – or are you a dedicated collector of Victorian memorabilia? The hunt is on to track down an authentic Victorian spade or shovel.

73. Have you got the Halloween X Factor?

Have you got the Halloween X Factor? Guys and Ghouls are invited to boogie on down to the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, on Saturday 12 noon (October 30) and show us your moves in a mass ‘Thriller’ dance-off!

74. Royal visit for Armistice Day

The Royal Armouries Museum was delighted to have had HRH Prince Michael of Kent in attendance at the Leeds Armistice Day service yesterday (November 11).

75. Surviving the Peace – new talk and exhibition at the Royal Armouries, Leeds

A free photographic exhibition focusing on the struggles and triumphs faced by survivors of war.

76. Closure to Royal Armouries museums

Museums closed due to extreme weather conditions.

77. Tower of London-Power behind the throne

A fabulous “bejewelled” dragon – standing 3m high and specially commissioned by the Royal Armouries – will create a guaranteed “wow factor” at a compelling new exhibition opening at the Tower of London this Spring.

78. Intrepid youngsters launch an armoured assault on Fort Nelson

Youngsters are being invited to beat the February half-term blues and let off steam by joining an “Armoured Assault” session at historic Fort Nelson.

79. Pupils unveil murals as part of £3.5m revamp of Fort Nelson

School children unveiled four brightly coloured and eye-catching murals yesterday (Monday 14 February) as part of the £3.5m revamp of the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson

80. Five-day museum closure as part of £3.5m revamp of Fort Nelson

The Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson will close for five days after the half-term holiday as part of the latest phase of its long-awaited £3.5m redevelopment.

81. April Fool's spoof at the Tower of London

The Royal Armouries Museum safeguards this unprepossessing scrap of paper in the archives at the Tower of London – promoting one of the more unusual April Fools’ Day stunts in British history.

82. Record numbers cheer on knights at Royal Armouries over the Bank Holiday

Record numbers of visitors flocked to the Royal Armouries at Leeds over the Bank Holiday weekend to cheer on their favourite knight as they clashed in a spectacular jousting tournament.

83. New-look Fort Nelson attracts thousands over Bank Holiday

More than 3,000 visitors flocked to the new-look Fort Nelson over the Bank Holiday weekend enjoying a free day for all the family.

84. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) gives the official seal of approval to the £3.5 million revamp of Fort Nelson

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) gave the official seal of approval to the £3.5 million revamp of Fort Nelson on Friday (September 23) – exactly 140 years after the first volunteer troops marched into the Victorian hill fort, near Portsmouth.

85. Brand new education sessions launched at the Royal Armouries, Leeds

The Royal Armouries in Leeds launches a new hands-on, interactive schools programme today (September 28), building on the Sandford Award winning sessions of previous years.

86. Marking the Battle of Trafalgar

The Royal Armouries marks Lord Nelson’s famous victory at the Battle of Trafalgar on Sunday (October 23) with the firing of a 206-year-old gun, of the kind used on board HMS Victory in 1805.

87. Thrills and Chills for all the Family this Halloween

Prepare to be seriously scared – head on down to the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, this half-term for a host of Halloween horrors.

88. SAS War Diary to break cover at the the Royal Armouries, Leeds

The SAS War Diary – published to mark the 70th anniversary of the Special Air Service – makes its first public appearance on November 10 and 11 at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

89. Royal Armouries bids farewell to its long-standing chairman

Royal Armouries’ chairman Ann Green CBE has bowed out following 13 highly successful years at the helm of Britain’s oldest museum.

90. Royal Armouries Secures Five-Star Health and Safety Rating

The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds has won a top, five-star rating for its health and safety performance from the British Safety Council.

91. Your Fort Needs You!

From teenagers to retired people – and carpenters to handicrafts helpers – the Victorian Fort is recruiting an army of volunteers to help provide an even better service to the thousands who visit every year.

92. Royal Armouries welcomes new chairman

Global financier and private arms and armour collector Wesley Paul joins the Royal Armouries officially on January 3 as its new chairman.

93. Here be Dragons

The Royal Armouries today welcomed the arrival of the Chinese Year of the Dragon on Monday by highlighting many fine examples of the mythical beasts in its galleries at the White Tower, Tower of London.

94. Here be Dragons – head to the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, this half-term

Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon by heading to the Royal Armouries, Leeds, this February half-term for a low-cost day out for all the family.

95. Here be Dragons – Half-term fun for all the family at Fort Nelson

Keep the kids out of mischief and mark the Chinese Year of the Dragon this February half-term by heading to the new-look Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson from February 13 to 19.

96. Thrills and Spills of the Tournament

See the cut and thrust of medieval tournaments come to life at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, this April.

97. The Lion Roars – From Big Guns to Trophies, the White Tower’s Basement Undergoes a Major Facelift

From big guns to banners and pikes to pistols – the storehouse and arsenal of the mighty Tower of London has been redisplayed and will be unveiled to the public on Saturday 31 March 2012.

98. The 100 Years’ War – A Century of Conflict Re-evaluated

The Royal Armouries brings together some of the principal historians of the later Middle Ages to offer fresh insights into The 100 Years’ War in its second major conference at the Tower of London.

99. Fort Nelson at Night

Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of a 64-pounder gun on Friday, May 18, during a rare chance to explore the Victorian fortress at night. Part of Museums at Night, an annual after-hours celebration of hundreds of museums and galleries across the UK.

100. Guns from the American West to go on display at Royal Armouries

The Royal Armouries has received a collection of historic guns, associated with the American West.

101. Royal Week in Leeds

Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with your family in style this Bank Holiday at the Royal Armouries in Leeds – from a Jubilee party to falconry displays; horse shows to a kings and queens’ treasure trail; and treasures such as King Henry VIII’s armour.

102. A Right Royal Affair at Fort Nelson

Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with your family in style this Bank Holiday at the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson – from a Jubilee party to 21 gun salute and kids crafts and catapults.

103. Positive about Disabled People

The Royal Armouries Museum has been awarded Disability Symbol accreditation in national recognition of its positive attitude towards employing disabled people.

104. A Right Royal Affair

Join the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Frank Pearson, on Bank Holiday Monday (June 4), when the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson honours HM The Queen with a 21-gun salute.

105. Queen for the Day

Museum visitor Coral Williams will be crowned queen for the day (today, Thursday) as the Royal Armouries launches Royal Week to mark the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Leeds.

106. JOIN US FOR A WILD DAY OUT AT FORT NELSON

Head to the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson over the Fathers’ Day weekend (June 16/17) for a wild day out for all the family.

107. HANDS ON HISTORY AT FORT NELSON THIS SUMMER

History comes alive at Fort Nelson this summer with an action-packed programme of events, showcasing the Victorian fortress’s history from the 19th century to the modern day.

108. NEW-LOOK FORT NELSON PROVES A HIT

Visitor numbers have jumped by 54 per cent, following the £3.5m redevelopment of the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson.

109. WORKING WITH ROBOTS

Interested in forging a challenging career in the robotics industry? Then head to the Royal Armouries Museum Leeds this Saturday (July 21).

110. Firing Children’s Imaginations

School children have the chance to tread in the footsteps of Victorian soldiers at Fort Nelson this summer and prime and “fire” a bronze field cannon dating from the 19th Century.

111. Knights in Shining Armour return to Edinburgh Castle

Four suits of Royal Armouries’ armour, worn by mounted cavalry in the early 17th century, have been returned to the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle.

112. WAR GAMES AT THE ROYAL ARMOURIES IN LEEDS!

Calling all Weekend Warriors – video gamers of all ages are set to descend on the Royal Armouries in Leeds on August 4 and 5, for the first-ever War Games event. Highlights include the Leeds’ preview of Ubisoft’s highly anticipated Assassin’s Cree

113. Creating a Recycled Robot Giant

Children are being invited to help create a giant 7ft robot from 1,500 pieces of card as part of a recycling project at Britain’s oldest public museum.

114. New-look Fort Nelson scoops top architectural awards

The £3.5m scheme to transform Fort Nelson into a museum for the 21st century has scooped two top awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

115. Appointment of interim CEO at Royal Armouries

Royal Armouries’ Finance Director Chris Walker has been appointed as interim CEO and Accounting Officer and took up his new post on August 24.

116. NATIONAL JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR IS NEW TRUSTEE

Journalist, author and broadcaster Mark Urban has been appointed as a Trustee of the Royal Armouries for a four-year term.

117. History takes Centre Stage at Royal Armouries, Leeds

Royal Armouries is joining forces with Yorkshire-based Angus & Ross Theatre Company to stage the world premiere of Kings of Cloth of Gold on September 29 and 30.

118. PUTTING THE GREAT INTO BRITAIN

Royal Armouries has joined forces with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to help promote Great Britain.

119. Tribute to Lord Palmerston entertains crowds at Fort Nelson Tattoo

The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson rang to the sound of a new Fanfare on Saturday (8 September), honouring the role of Victorian Prime Minister Lord Palmerston in Portsmouth’s proud military history.

120. OTHER RANKS – HONOURING THE FALLEN

The relentless pounding of marching soldiers’ boots forms a poignant backcloth in a new exhibition to mark a Month of Remembrance at Royal Armouries, Leeds, starting on November 1.

121. From Leeds to Oman – new exhibition goes on display in Islamic World

Royal Armouries is staging an exhibition of iconic matchlock guns in the Sultanate of Oman as part of its ongoing commitment to showcase global heritage to the Islamic world.

122. Marking the Battle of Trafalgar

The Royal Armouries marks Lord Nelson’s famous victory at the Battle of Trafalgar next Sunday (October 21) with the firing of a 207-year-old gun, of the kind used on board HMS Victory in 1805.

123. Seriously Spooky – Thrills and Chills at Fort Nelson this half-term

Prepare to be scared – head to the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson this October half-term for a host of Halloween horrors.

124. Halloween Tricks and Half-term Treats

Prepare to be scared – head to the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, this half-term for a host of spooky horrors, including what’s set to be the largest Halloween bash in Yorkshire.

125. Crash Course in Protection from the undead

The folklore and fiction behind the mysterious world of vampires goes under the spotlight at the Royal Armouries museum, Leeds, on Tuesday (October 30).

126. Lest we Forget

Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of First World War gun salutes to mark Remembrance Sunday on November 11.

127. OTHER RANKS – LEST WE FORGET

The power of sound is the focal point in capturing the heroism and sacrifice of those serving under the British flag, in a new exhibition at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

128. Trustee Chris Case reappointed for second term

Fire and Rescue Service senior officer Chris Case has been reappointed as a Royal Armouries’ Trustee for a second, four-year term.

129. A MUST FOR HOBBIT FANS!

Four heroic swords based on weapons used in the epic ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy go on display at the Royal Armouries in Leeds from December 13 to celebrate the long-awaited movie premiere – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

130. Royal Armouries pledges support for Guards Museum Appeal

Royal Armouries has pledged its support for a fund-raising appeal to create a Flanders Fields Memorial Garden 1914-2014 at The Guards Museum in Central London.

131. Work Off the Christmas Pud

A costumed Sergeant Major will put visitors through their paces at the Royal Armouries Museum, Fort Nelson, from Thursday, December 27, to Sunday, January 6.

132. Help us Make History

Your help is wanted to revitalise the world’s longest-running visitor attraction – the Tower of London’s historic Line of Kings.

133. FORT NELSON FEATURED IN GREAT BRITISH RAILWAY JOURNEYS

The stunning Victorian fortress – Fort Nelson near Fareham – features in Michael Portillo’s latest Great British Railways Journeys series, due to broadcast on BBC2 on Monday (January 14) at 6.30pm.

134. FORT NELSON TO RESOUND TO THE ROAR OF THE BIG GUNS

Experience the power and might of the big guns at Fort Nelson on February 10 and March 17 during two free gun-firing demonstrations, featuring artillery from Victorian times.

135. Step Back in Time to the English Civil Wars

Step back in time to the 17th century and the world of Roundheads and Cavaliers in the latest Living History Day at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds this Saturday (February 9).

136. Mosey on Down to the Wild West

Howdy pardners! Grab your Stetsons and mosey on down to the Royal Armouries in Leeds this February half-term to witness the fascinating world of the Wild West.

137. Royal Armouries through the eye of the camera

Britain’s oldest public museum plays host to the world’s longest-surviving photographic society in a new exhibition at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

138. Working in Partnership

The Royal Armouries is delighted to announce a new partnership with The Guards Museum in London.

139. Royal Armouries’ role in new TV documentary focusing on England’s lost king – Richard III

The work of Royal Armouries’ curator Bob Woosnam-Savage is set to feature in a special follow-up programme, expanding the themes of the Channel Four programme – Richard III: The King in the Car Park – on Wednesday (February 27).

140. Medieval Easter at the Royal Armouries in Leeds

History comes alive at the Royal Armouries in Leeds this Easter with a series of Medieval events – From the thrills and spills of an authentic, hard-fought Joust – to popular stunt-riding horse shows.

141. Last moments of King Richard III revealed

Be one of the first to discover the truth behind the headlines in a fascinating talk, by Bob Woosnam-Savage, focused on the death of King Richard III which premieres at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Wednesday (March 27).

142. See Fort Nelson’s Mighty Sexton up close and personal

Head to Fort Nelson this Easter Monday (April 1) and witness the power and might of one of the most spectacular guns in Royal Armouries’ national collection – the magnificent Sexton. is A huge favourite with Fort Nelson visitors – and admission is f

143. From the Western Front to a British Garden – WWI Gun to go on display

A First World War German gun that sat rusting in a British garden for over 80 years is now being fully restored for Fort Nelson’s Great War centenary commemorations next year.

144. Creating a Recycled Robot Giant

Children are being invited to help create a giant 7ft robot from 1,500 pieces of card as part of a recycling project at the Royal Armouries, Britain’s oldest public museum.

145. Earl Mountbatten’s gun is bought by Royal Armouries at auction

Royal Armouries has purchased a gold-plated pen-pistol owned by the late Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

146. Thrills and spills of the tournament

Join us for an informative and entertaining lecture by Senior Curator of Amour Karen Watts – including the rare chance to view an unpublished, 15th century manuscript.

147. The Last Stand – new exhibition to open at Fort Nelson

Royal Armouries showcases the award-winning work of photographer Marc Wilson at Fort Nelson from Friday, May 3 – documenting some of the last physical remnants of 20th century warfare in the UK and Northern Europe.

148. Fantasy Meets Reality – Meet the Superheroes!

Fantasy meets reality at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, this Bank Holiday (4 to 6 May) with an invasion of the superheroes.

149. SMOKE AND THUNDER

Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson will ring to the power and might of the big guns on Friday, May 17, as part of the Culture 24 national event – Museums at Night.

150. HAPPY AND GLORIOUS!

Head to the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson this May half-term and join celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation.

151. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BUFFALO BILL

The life and times of William F. Cody – better known as Buffalo Bill – go under the spotlight at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Wednesday, May 29, in the latest of the museum’s illuminating lectures.

152. HORSES ON THE MOVE AT THE TOWER OF LONDON

Royal Armouries in partnership with Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), is preparing a new Line of Kings’ exhibition, opening on July 10, and once again the horses are taking centre stage.

153. 14th Century Fightbook is reproduced for the first time

A finely-preserved, 14th century manual depicting the finely-honed skills of medieval swordmanship has been reproduced for the first time as a beautifully bound, full-sized facsimile.

154. HONOURING DAVID PETRAEUS

The former Director of the CIA – General David Petraeus (Ret) – was honoured in a partnership event at Royal Armouries’ ancestral home, the Tower of London, on Monday.

155. FORT NELSON TO RESOUND TO THE ROAR OF THE BIG GUNS

Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of guns from the Napoleonic period on Sunday, June 23, during two free gun-firing demonstrations and weapons inspections.

156. THRILLS AND SPILLS OF A MEDIEVAL JOUST

Royal Armouries spearheads a bid to establish Yorkshire as the jousting capital of Europe this summer, in a series of high-octane clashes at the Leeds museum.

157. Telling the story of one of Britain’s most decorated war heroes

A 20-bore, double-barrelled shotgun owned by one of the British Army’s most colourful and decorated war heroes has been purchased by Royal Armouries at auction.

158. Line of Kings

Royal Armouries has joined forces with Historic Royal Palaces to present the longest-running visitor attraction in the world to a modern audience – the Tower of London’s historic ‘Line of Kings’.

159. Summer at Fort Nelson

Visitors can get crafty, go commando and experience combat at the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson, from Wednesday, July 24 to Sunday, September 1.

160. Artillery in Action at Fort Nelson

Experience the power of Fort Nelson’s mighty trebuchet this summer – a half-sized replica of the medieval siege engine that famously featured in The Lord of the Rings films.

161. JAIL & BAIL COMES TO TOWN IN AID OF THE RAINBOW CENTRE

Nine business leaders across Portsmouth are to be arrested in public by an off-duty Police officer in uniform and thrown into a ‘mock jail’ at The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson, in a bid to raise money for The Rainbow Centre.

162. Royal Armouries appoints new Director General

Royal Armouries today announces the appointment of historian and English Heritage Director, Dr Edward Impey, as its new Director General.

163. Leeds Man Scoops Gold

Cedric Vettraino – a member of the martial arts club which meets at the Royal Armouries in Leeds – struck gold yesterday (Sunday, August 4), when he stormed to victory at the Unified Taekwondo Open World Championships in London.

164. NEVER IN KING HENRY’S DAY...

King Henry VIII might have thrown down his lance in horror at the mere thought but a female jouster will ride into battle during Royal Armouries’ famous Bank Holiday joust this weekend – thrilling crowds in a pioneering clash of steel.

165. A GUN AS WEIGHTY AS 17 DOUBLE-DECKER BUSES!

Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson takes delivery of the world’s largest surviving 200-tonne military gun on Friday, following its long journey by ship and road from Holland to Hampshire.

166. SECOND WORLD WAR HISTORY COMES ALIVE

History comes to life for Year Six pupils at Padnell Junior School tomorrow Wednesday (September 18) as they undergo a Second World War-style evacuation programme, led by their teachers and the Royal Armouries’ education team from Fort Nelson.

167. ARMS FOR IRAQ – REVEALING THE TRUTH BEHIND THE IRAQI SUPERGUN PROJECT

Join Royal Armouries’ Senior Curator of Firearms Mark Murray-Flutter as he lifts the lid on one of the most remarkable arms stories of the 20th century – the story of Dr Gerald Bull and the Iraqi Supergun.

168. UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE WORLD OF TUDOR GUNS

History will come alive at the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson next Saturday (October 12) as our curators explain the heavy artillery used on King Henry VIII’s favourite warship, The Mary Rose, which sank in The Solent in 1545.

169. THE LAST STAND – NEW EXHIBITION TO OPEN IN LEEDS

Award-winning photographer Marc Wilson brings his stunning exhibition The Last Stand to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds next week – documenting some of the last physical remnants of 20th century warfare in the UK and Northern Europe.

170. INSTALLATION BY RENOWNED ARTIST DESIGNER MARK HUMPHREY PAYS TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN WAR

Museum visitors and passers-by are being invited to dedicate and insert a poppy into a brand new sculpture due to be installed at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, today (Monday).

171. HONOURING THE FALLEN

Poppies will be dropped to commemorate local servicemen and women who have lost their lives in recent conflicts as part of the Armistice Day Commemoration at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, on Monday, November 11.

172. REAL WEAPONS FROM VIRTUAL WORLDS

War gamers are being offered a rare chance to handle real weapons from fantasy worlds – including those featured in best-selling games, Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty.

173. HEAD OF TOKUGAWA FAMILY MARKS 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF SAILING FROM JAPAN OF FIRST BRITISH SHIP TO VISIT.

A highly significant historic ceremony takes place at Royal Armouries’ ancestral home – the White Tower at the Tower of London – on Friday, December 6, marking the departure of The Clove from Japan in 1613.

174. LATEST HOBBIT SWORD JOINS THE ROYAL ARMOURIES

The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds marks the launch of the epic film – The Hobbit; The Desolation of Smaug – today (Friday) by showcasing the latest addition in our iconic The Swords of Middle-earth display.

175. POWER AND MIGHT

Experience the power and might of a mighty Victorian field gun on Sunday, February 23, when uniformed gunners stage the latest in a series of spectacular free gun firings at Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson.

176. ROYAL ARMOURIES APPOINTS FIVE NEW TRUSTEES

Royal Armouries today announces the appointment of five new trustees – Dr Andrew Burnett, Professor Anne Curry, Jason Kingsley, Christine Mayer and Deborah Mills.

177. INSPIRED BY HERALDRY – NEW EXHIBITION TO OPEN IN LEEDS

Step back in time and discover the fascinating world of coats of arms in the Yorkshire Heraldry Society’s new exhibition opening at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

178. ROLLING OUT THE BIG GUNS

Join uniformed gun crews from Portsdown Artillery Volunteers on Sunday (March 23) as Fort Nelson rings to the sound of spectacular free gun-firings.

179. FIRING UP FOR THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

A Drill Sergeant will put children through their paces at the Royal Armouries Museum, Fort Nelson, during the Easter school holidays (Monday, April 7 to Thursday, April 17) as they learn to follow an authentic 19th century gun drill.

180. KNIGHTS, MYTHS & MAGIC - A LEGENDARY DAY OUT THIS EASTER

Discover the world of knights, myths and magic at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds this Easter – along with the history behind the national collection of arms and armour.

181. POWER AND MIGHT OF THE BIG GUNS

Join uniformed gun crews from the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers (PAV) at Fort Nelson on Easter Sunday (April 20) as they fire a British Land Service mortar – one of the guns upon which fortification defence depended.

182. HENRY VIII RETURNS TO LEEDS CASTLE IN KENT

Henry VIII will return to Leeds Castle in Kent in the form of two of his most iconic pieces of armour as part of the Medieval Festival.

183. APPEAL JUDGEMENT WILL PROTECT OUR NATIONAL HERITAGE

The Royal Armouries has welcomed the appeal judgment in the Court of Arches preventing the sale of an armet from Wootton St Lawrence church, near Basingstoke in Hampshire.

184. STEP BACK IN TIME THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Immerse yourself in the world of the 1940s this Bank Holiday Weekend (May 3 to 5) as the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds stages its latest free Living History event.

185. AFTER HOURS AT FORT NELSON

Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson will ring to the power and might of the big guns as the museum opens its doors after hours next Friday (May 16) as part of the Culture24 national event – Museums at Night.

186. FORT NELSON TO RING TO THE SOUNDS AND SIGHTS OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

Step back in time and experience life during the American Civil War at Fort Nelson’s latest living history event this Bank Holiday weekend (Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26).

187. STEP BACK IN HISTORY AT THE ROYAL ARMOURIES IN LEEDS

Head to the Royal Armouries in Leeds this May Bank Holiday and half-term (May 24 to June 1) for a free, fun-packed day out – including authentic gun shoot-outs, sword-fighting displays and combat demonstrations.

188. PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION MARKS 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY

Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson will mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings by showcasing the work of Portsmouth photographer Russell Squires in a new exhibition.

189. COMMEMORATING THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO

Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson marks the forthcoming 199th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with themed gun firings on Fathers’ Day (June 15).

190. FIRST PUBLIC OUTING FOR FULLY-RESTORED GUN MARKS THE D-DAY LANDINGS

One of the great guns of the Second World War has been fully restored and makes its first public appearance on Saturday (June 7) to commemorate the D-Day landings in Normandy, 70 years ago.

191. MARKING THE ROLE OF HORSES DURING WAR

A First World War 18-pounder, quick-firing field gun makes its first public appearance following its complete restoration and overhaul during the Weald and Downland Museum’s Horses at War event this weekend (June 7 and 8).

192. 19TH CENTURY FORT TO RING TO THE SOUND OF VICTORIAN GUN

Fort Nelson – one of the great Palmerston forts built to protect the city of Portsmouth – will ring to the sound of a mighty Victorian gun next Sunday (June 22).

193. EXPLORING SAMUEL COLT’S LINKS WITH YORKSHIRE

Join Royal Armouries’ Curator Emeritus Peter Smithurst as he marks the 200th anniversary of Samuel Colt’s birth by examining his links with Yorkshire and his pioneering work to design and manufacture the legendary revolvers.

194. FIRST WORLD WAR GUN PLAYED KEY ROLE IN ARMS RACE

A renowned French ‘75’ – the first modern field gun and one of the most famous weapons of the 1914-18 conflict – has gone on display at Fort Nelson as Royal Armouries joins the nation in commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of The Great War

195. SOMETHING DIFFERENT EVERY DAY THIS SUMMER

From falconry displays to a First World War horse show and superheroes to sword fights – the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds has something different on offer every day this summer.

196. ROYAL ARMOURIES COMMEMORATES THE CENTENARY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Royal Armouries is set to join the nation in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War by showcasing the weapons and armour used in battle and telling the stories of those who fought for King and Country on the Western Front.

197. FIRE UP YOUR IMAGINATION THIS SUMMER AT FORT NELSON

Experience 1,000 years of firepower this summer as Royal Armouries stages its free Artillery in Action display at Fort Nelson – home to the big guns.

198. HAVE A BLAST AT FORT NELSON THIS SUNDAY

Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of one of the great guns from the Royal Armouries’ national collection this Sunday (July 27), forming the highlight of a great free day out for all the family.

199. CONFLICT AND COLLISIONS: NEW CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE

THE HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD PRESENTS NEW AUTUMN SEASON FEATURING THREE NEW SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND SITE-SPECIFIC COMMISSIONS BY ARTISTS ALEXANDRA BIRCKEN, FOLKERT DE JONG, TOBY ZIEGLER

200. HENRY VIII’S ARMOUR RETURNS TO LEEDS CASTLE IN KENT

King Henry VIII’s armour returned to Leeds Castle in Kent today [23 July] after 500 years public opening of a display of an exceptional collection of armour loaned by Royal Armouries.

201. THE SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD

Royal Armouries is conducting groundbreaking research to establish if a bullet-proof silk vest could have saved Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s life – and changed the course of history.