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Honorary historical consultants

The Royal Armouries has always been fortunate in being able to call upon the goodwill and support of many outstanding authorities on a wide variety of subjects to support it in its many activities.

In 2008, as the major Henry VIII commemorative exhibition and companion publication were in active preparation it was felt that perhaps it was time to recognize the value of the contributions which acknowledged specialists gave to the Royal Armouries. The idea was proposed to inaugurate the position of Honorary Historical Consultant (HHC).

Subsequently a number of individuals have been identified as providing valuable support for the Royal Armouries and have been appointed Honorary Historical Consultants. The Board of Trustees has stated that it wishes to have only a small number of HHCs at any time, making this distinction a rare and prestigious one.

Functions of an HHC

Current Honorary Historical Consultants

Kelly De Vries  – Professor of history at Loyola University Maryland.

Donald E. Graves – Author, co-author or editor of sixteen books on military and naval history subjects.

Bill Harriman – Writer and broadcaster whose interest in firearms and other weapons stems from the time when he built kits of guns as a boy.

David Penn – Former Keeper of Exhibits & Firearms at the Imperial War Museum and is now a consultant.

John Waller – A world authority on historic combat after a lifetime studying arms and armour.

Paul Wilcock – Head of the Arms and Armour Research Institute at the University of Huddersfield.

David Williams – Professor at Loughborough University who is recognised internationally for his expertise in manufacturing technology.

Matthew Ford – Academic at the Department of International Relations at the University of Sussex.

John Cooper – Senior Lecturer in Early Modern British History, University of York.

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