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Purpose and vision


To use and develop our expertise to preserve, study, present and interpret the national collection of arms and armour, ensuring its continued relevance and positive contribution to public life in perpetuity.


As history’s expert witness, we shall inspire people to discover and understand how many of the most compelling narratives of human endeavour and experience have been, and continue to be, shaped by arms and armour.

Corporate plan

Corporate Plan 2019–24 (pdf, 205 KB)

Major strategies

Research Strategy

Annual reports

We publish a short summary of what we have achieved in our annual accounts.