Curators Emeritus

Curators Emeritus

The Royal Armouries is fortunate in having a number of notable scholars of arms and armour on its staff. It would be very unfortunate for the museum to lose access to the deep and authoritative knowledge held by those individuals once they reach retirement age. Therefore, several years ago the position of Curator Emeritus was created for those who had formally retired from the museum but who still wished to support its activities.

The number of Curators Emeritus will always be small, and there are currently six who hold that title. They receive no payment other than to cover out-of-pocket expenses, but through continuing goodwill towards the Royal Armouries and dedication to arms and armour they are able to make valuable contributions to the operation of the collections of the museum.

The activities they support include:

The position of Curator Emeritus is only open to former members of the Royal Armouries curatorial staff and the appointment of each is at the invitation of the Director General and Master of the Armouries; subsequently ratified by the Board of Trustees. The appointment is for a period of five years but can be extended by mutual consent.

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.

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