Conservator at work with a microscope

Conservation on Three Sites

The museum collection comprises of approx. 70,000 objects covering a complete range of arms, armour and related material:

More important to the conservator however are the materials from which those objects are made. The materials we encounter are as diverse as they can possibly be:

The main conservation laboratory is in Leeds but the Royal Armouries also has conservation teams at the Tower of London and Fort Nelson. Each conservator has a different specialist area that enables a wide range of care for the collection.

Did you know?

6 Eiffel Towers

During the siege of Sebastopol the British and French armies fired 10,000 tonnes of iron shot, 510,000 round shot, 236,000 howitzer shells and 350,000 mortar shells. A total of about 43,000 tonnes of iron! – About 6 Eiffel Towers!

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