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Exhibits and events
11th November - 10:00 am - 14th November - 5:00 pm
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As Remembrance Day approaches we take the opportunity to commemorate the sacrifice of so many during the First and Second World Wars.

Our collections contain many objects used in both conflicts and we use demonstrations and performances to bring their histories to life for our visitors.

Remembrance events and exhibits

National silence
We will be observing the national 2-minute silence in Leeds and at Fort Nelson on:

– Armistice Day, Thursday 11 November, 11am
– Remembrance Sunday 14 November, 11am

In Leeds, the poem Naming of parts by Henry Reed will be read by a member of our live interpretation team.
Lessons of the War: I: Naming of Parts, is a poem in which a lecture on the parts of the Enfield rifle is juxtaposed with observations about nature in springtime. It was first published in the New Statesman and Nation magazine in August 1942.

Firefight: The Second World War
War Gallery, Leeds

This new gallery display features weapons and equipment from our collection that have never been seen before at the Royal Armouries and tells the story of the single most important event in the 20th century.

Explore the weapons, armour, ammunition types and methods of fighting developed by all sides to increase their chances of winning. Experience the magnitude of the Second World War through objects, imagery and film, and find out how training and manufacturing would prove key to the eventual Allied victory.


Forthcoming talks & lectures

20 January 2022 | Fort Nelson | Mission France: The true history of the women of the SOE 

26 January 2022 | Online lecture | Civil defence in the First World War

17 February 2022 | Fort Nelson | Bomber Command


Buy a poppy and support mental health charities

Proceeds from the sale of our poppy jewellery range helps support two remarkable charities working with active soldiers and veterans suffering from mental health conditions – Combat Stress and SSAFA. 

The poppy is a durable and persevering flower which grew in its thousands among desolate and barren battlegrounds. Its natural associations with endurance, determination and rebirth saw it adopted as a symbol of remembrance for those who lost their lives in the First World War. Lt John McCrae’s 1915 poem, In Flanders Fields, helped secure the poppy’s image as a hallmark of sacrifice and remembrance. ‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row.’

A range of poppy jewellery is available to purchase from our online museum shop.


Image: Memory Memorial, Poppies (1995) by Moira McIver