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

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Royal Armouries is continuously seeking support for our evolving exhibitions, expanding collection, and 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.

Royal Armouries are acknowledged as among the world’s finest museums of arms and armour. We hold 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 all objects – from the smallest dagger to the largest cannon – are preserved for future generations.

Did you know?

So good they named it twice

Armour commonly and mistakenly referred to as ‘chainmail’ should correctly be called MAIL, which is derived from the Old French word maille, meaning chain. So the word ‘chainmail’ actually means CHAIN CHAIN!