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Search our online collection catalogue — more than 160,000 object, archive and library records and over 20,000 images.

Our collection consists of some 70,000 examples of arms, armour, and artillery dating from antiquity to the present day.


Our archives contain nearly 500,000 documents, files, bound volumes, photographs, films and videos. The main holdings are located at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

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Our library collection, housed across our three locations, is one of the largest arms and armour reference libraries in the world.

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