Royal Armouries

The Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour. Explore thousands of incredible objects, from ancient times to the present day – from Japanese samurai to iconic movie props, from Henry VIII’s armour to an Indian war elephant. Watch history come to life with free, daily live shows and combat demonstrations. Discover how our collection has shaped history, society, art and culture.

We work with local communities to empower them to engage with the museum’s collection and understand its impact; inspiring curiosity, reflection, and meaningful debate. We do this by reaching out to those who don’t currently visit the museum, delivering community outreach sessions across Leeds, as well as working closely with local partners to develop projects with under-represented groups to explore the themes and stories that run through the museum.

“I often feel like I don’t fit in and coming to this event made me feel a part of my community.”
“Learning to be more creative has helped with my mental health.”

We are part of Arts Together because our ambitions as an organisation cannot be met by working in isolation and by collaborating with local partners we can reach more communities and provide greater access to the wide range of cultural opportunities that Leeds has to offer to more people.

Royal Armouries
Armouries Drive
LS10 1LT

0113 220 1916

[email protected]

People you may meet

  • Rob Freeman

    I’m the Community Engagement Officer at the Royal Armouries (or CEO as I prefer to be known!) and it is part of my role to work with local communities to help them discover our amazing collection of arms and armour. Fun fact about me: I was once in a Children’s television series where I was filmed wearing pants on my head!

  • Tristan Langlois

    I’m the Head of Learning & Participation at the Royal Armouries, running creative programmes for and with schools, colleges, leisure visitors and communities because the buzz of excited inspiration is what gets me out of bed in the morning. The longest theatrical improvisation I’ve done was 50 hours.

Royal Armouries website