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Royal Armouries Museum

The horned helmet of Henry VIII

Thursday afternoon lecture
4th October - 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

As some of the world’s leading authorities in their fields, our curators and conservators will present an exciting range of talks on subjects as varied as the death of Richard III to the secrets behind the making of the infamous Iraqi Supergun.

Thursday 4 October
The horned helmet of Henry VIII
Speaker: Graeme Rimer – Curator Emeritus

Examining the history and significance of this remarkable helmet and why it looks the way it does.

Of all the pieces within the wonderfully diverse collections of the Royal Armouries one of the most distinctive and historically important is the extraordinary horned helmet which originally belonged to King Henry VIII. Indeed, the unique appearance of this helmet led to it being chosen as the icon which would represent the new Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds when its preparation was being planned in the mid 1990s.  This lecture will examine the history and significance of this remarkable helmet and explain why it looks as it does.

Time: 3pm  / Duration: 45 minutes  / Free


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