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Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

Address : Armouries Drive
Town/City : Leeds
County : Yorkshire
Country : England
Post code : LS10 1LT
Web Site :  www.royalarmouries.org

A Legendary Day Out!

fields of goldBefore they closed the doors to their Leeds museum the Royal Armouries were busy putting the finishing touches to a major new exhibition celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold, as well as a supporting programme of Tudor Power & Glory events.

The exhibition is on pause and the events postponed for now, but history is coming to life online with digital events, videos, activities, and behind-the-scenes insights that explore the stories behind one of the biggest sporting-come-diplomatic events ever held.
Highlight of the online Tudor Power & Glory season is an online exhibition - The Field Of Cloth of Gold - opening online today Wednesday 3 June 2020.
Five hundred years ago in June 1520 two ambitious young monarchs - King Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France - met in France for a diplomatic summit and tournament in an attempt to secure peace for Europe.
The story of the event, the preparations, the sporting contests and intricate diplomatic manoeuvrings is told through the Royal Armouries collection, including items belonging to and worn by Henry VIII, images, animation and new publications.
As part of the Royal Armouries From Home digital experience there is an opportunity to explore behind the scenes with the museum's curators, exhibition producers, technicians and event managers, as they reveal what goes into developing innovative displays and action- packed events.
Find Royal Armouries on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Visit www.royalarmouries.org for more information.

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As the national museum of arms and armour we hold one of the oldest museum collections on the planet,
full of unique artefacts from the Bronze Age to the modern day, and from all over the world.

Our Leeds museum was purpose-built to showcase the nation's treasures in five stunning galleries : War, Tournament, Oriental, Self Defence, and Hunting, plus the magnificent Hall of Steel.

The collections contain the weapons and armour of warriors through the ages from early medieval knights to 21st-century soldiers. Also on display are amazing objects from around the globe including the Ottoman Empire, the Americas, Europe, Japan and India to name but a few. Highlights of a visit must include the fabulous arms and armour of the Japanese shoguns, the royal houses of Europe and the kings of England including Henry VIII who reigns supreme in the Tournament Gallery.

Our aim is to bring history to life and make it engaging and accessible for everyone. We have a highly experienced interpretation team who deliver a variety of events every day, including story-telling and interactive history such as live combat demonstrations and object handling sessions.

For a deeper perspective on the subject of arms and armour why not come along to one of our study days, conferences, talks or tours.

Our website has all the details of our events programme and you can even explore our diverse and interesting collection on line.


General Information
Opening hours
Open daily 10am - 5pm
(Closed 24, 25 & 26 December)



Check the website for more details of the events programme and to explore the collection on line.

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2 Bringing History To Life3. Hall of Steel New4. Jousting6.Tournament gallery7. Oriental gallery5. Elephant armour 


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