Detail of Henry VIII's foot combat armour showing right gauntlet gripping pollaxe

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Acknowledged as one of the world’s finest museums of arms and armour Royal Armouries holds in trust for the nation one of the greatest and most comprehensive collections ever assembled – a treasure of international importance.

Our fundamental aim is to protect and develop the collection ensuring that the smallest dagger to the largest cannon is preserved for future generations.

Royal Armouries is continuously seeking support for our evolving exhibitions, our expanding collection and our dynamic learning and outreach programmes. We would like to invite you to find out more and support our exciting projects at Leeds, the Tower of London and Fort Nelson.

Did you know?

First commercial steel melting

Benjamin Huntsman of Sheffield is widely credited with the first commercial melting of steel in around 1740, using his crucible process. However, the melting of steel had long been practiced in central Asia and India and was known as Damascus steel.