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?

Is newer better?

The last cast-iron British smoothbore cannon, the 68 pounder, was 8 inches (203 mm), the same calibre as the heaviest guns of King Henry VIII three hundred years earlier. Their performance was probably not very different either!