Royal Armouries


The origins of the study of arms and armour lie in the efforts of a small group of 19th and early-20th century gentlemen scholars. Today the field has grown wide in its appeal; from the university trained academic, to the enthusiastic re-enactor.

Within these pages you can gain an insight both to the scholarship and the lives of those early scholars.

Robert Coltman Clephan

Baron de Cosson

Charles John ffoulkes

John Hewitt

Sir Guy Francis Laking

Lt. Gen. Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers

Harold Arthur Lee-Dillon

General Sir John Lefroy

Sir James Mann

Samuel Rush Meyrick

Robert Porrett

Did you know?

Sticky-back plastic?

Armour is not just made from iron and steel, but also from bronze, silver, gold, wood, leather, bone, and can be decorated with precious stones and even shells. Modern armours use ceramics and plastics.