Archive photographs and letters with a 15th century manuscript being studied


The Archives is a registered Place of Deposit, and part of the UK’s public record system.

It contains nearly 500,000 documents, files, bound volumes, photographs, films and videos in. The main holdings are located in the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, but we also have important holdings at the Tower of London and Fort Nelson.

We provide facilities for researchers to access the archives at all three of our sites, as well as a record copying service in Leeds.

We develop temporary exhibitions based on material in the archives, and highlight items from the collections in our blog.

We play an active part in public events organised by the Museum, and offer talks and seminars on the archives to groups.

We also work in partnership with other archives and heritage organisations in Yorkshire, Hampshire and London.

Opening Hours

The Archives at all three of our sites are available from Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 4 pm.
Access is strictly by appointment only.

The Library and Archives Reading Room in Leeds is open from Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 4 pm.
Access is strictly by appointment only.

Contact us


The Archives
Royal Armouries
Armouries Drive
LS10 1LT

Tower of London
The Archives
Royal Armouries Museum
HM Tower of London

Fort Nelson
The Archives
Royal Armouries Museum
Fort Nelson
Portsdown Hill
PO17 6AN

Search the Catalogue

The Royal Armouries offers an integrated search facility designed to enable access to:

The archive section of the catalogue is currently under development, and only a small part of the archival collections can currently be searched. Please contact us for further information.


If you want to donate material to Archives please contact us in the first instance to discuss the offer with a member of staff


Depending on our current plan of work and the projects being undertaken, there may be volunteer opportunities at the Archives.

Archives feedback

If you have any comments or questions about the content of our Archives, or about accessing them, please do not hesitate to contact us.

You can also email us to arrange a visit to the Archives or reading room.