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About the archives

accredited archive service
Our archives contain nearly 500,000 documents, files, bound volumes, photographs, films and videos. The main holdings are located in the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds and relate mainly to:

We also have important collections relating to the:

Searching the catalogue

We have a searchable online catalogue designed to enable access to all of its collections. The archives section of the catalogue is being development and updated, and currently only a small part of the holdings can be searched.

Our archives service

Opening hours

Access is strictly by appointment only.

Contact us

Royal Armouries Museum
Armouries Drive
LS10 1LT

Guides to our archives

Guide to the Royal Armouries Archives [PDF, 0.1 MB]
Reading Room Regulations [PDF, 0.1 MB]
Handling Guidelines [PDF, 0.1 MB]

Alternative communication formats

Please contact us if you require any of our downloadable documents in an alternative format.