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Director of Collections

Laura Bell studied Archaeology at the University of Nottingham and graduated with a BA (Hons), going on to study Museum Studies at the University of Newcastle and graduating with an MA in 2009.

Director of Collections Laura Bell stands in front of display of armour in the War gallery
Laura Bell - Director of Collections

Following her MA, Laura took up a full-time position at York Archaeological Trust as Research and Collections Officer, processing and cataloguing finds, condition reporting, researching, and curating exhibitions. During this time, Laura worked on numerous projects and exhibitions including Yorvik Phase II.

She went on to take up a position at the National Museums Scotland as Collections Care Project Officer in 2010, working on the £50 million capital project to refurbish the Royal Museum and re-install approximately 1 million objects.

Laura Bell has worked at the Royal Armouries since 2010, was promoted to Registrar in 2013, and Head of Collections Services in 2017.

Laura was appointed Interim Director of Collections in October 2017 and subsequently the appointment was made permanent in April 2018.