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?

Thunder birds are go!

Artillery pieces before about 1700 were often classified by names. A rare type of very big gun was known as a basilisk, a more common long powerful gun was known as a culverin while smaller versions were named after birds of prey such as saker and falcon.

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