Detail of Henry VIII's foot combat armour showing right gauntlet gripping pollaxe

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Acknowledged as one of the world’s finest museums of arms and armour Royal Armouries holds in trust for the nation one of the greatest and most comprehensive collections ever assembled – a treasure of international importance.

Our fundamental aim is to protect and develop the collection ensuring that the smallest dagger to the largest cannon is preserved for future generations.

Royal Armouries is continuously seeking support for our evolving exhibitions, our expanding collection and our dynamic learning and outreach programmes. We would like to invite you to find out more and support our exciting projects at Leeds, the Tower of London and Fort Nelson.

Did you know?

No rust for the wicked

Wrought iron does not rust as quickly as cast iron. At Fort Nelson the Boxted Bombard, a large medieval cannon made of wrought iron is still in good condition despite being left outdoors and unprotected for hundreds of years.