Royal Armouries Museums

There is always lots to see and do at the Royal Armouries.
Our museums are open every day and admission is free!

Opening times

10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Latest opening information

There are 92 items tagged with ‘history

80 Pages

1. The Museum

A brief history of the Royal Armouries museum.

2. Museum History

The Royal Armouries is Britain’s oldest museum, and one of the oldest museums in the world.

3. Leeds History

The history of the Royal Armouries from 1996, in its new purpose built museum in Leeds

4. Armouries in the Tower of London

A history of the Armouries at the Tower of London.

5. Tower of London Events

Experience 1000 years of history at the world famous White Tower at the Tower of London, home to the Royal Armouries.

6. Fort Nelson Events

Come and discover for yourself the new galleries and displays, our new Cafe 1871 plus a brand new visitor centre. Admission will still be free of charge.

7. Leeds Events

Available every weekend
Crossbow Range
Jester’s Yard
Discover
Hands-on
Explore

8. 16th - 17th century

History of the Armouries at the Tower of London during the 16th – 17th century.

9. 17th - 19th century

History of the Armouries at the Tower of London during the 17th – 18th century.

10. 19th - 21st century

History of the Armouries at the Tower of London during the 19th – 21st century.

11. Research

The Royal Armouries encourages research into arms and armour and related subjects from all periods of history from antiquity to the present day.

12. Specialist Enquiries

Our team of specialists are able to answer all kinds of enquiries on the subject of arms and armour, related material, and of course its related history and the history of the Tower of London.

13. Galleries

The Royal Armouries galleries on floor 3 of the Frazier History Museum provides an introduction to, the ancient and massive collections of the Royal Armouries and to the more focused displays of the rest of the Frazier History Museum.

14. Reception

The Reception area to the Royal Armouries galleries in Louisville is on floor 3 of the museum. A Tower Warder stands in front a mass display of arms and armour and cannon, pointing the way in.

15. Early Medieval Gallery

A gallery telling the story of the early Medieval period of European history.

16. Tournament Gallery

The tournament gallery has a performance area for the telling of stories and giving demonstrations, and it has Italian and English jousting armours from the early 17th century.

17. Tudor Gallery

A gallery telling the story of the Tudor period of English history.

18. Stuart Gallery

A gallery telling the story of the Stuart period of British history, and where Europe meets America.

19. British Empire in the 19th century

This gallery tells the story of the British Empire in the 19th century, particularly that of the Napoleonic and Crimean Wars.

20. Late Medieval Gallery

A gallery telling the story of the late Medieval period of European history.

21. Fort Nelson

The library at Fort Nelson collects material on the history and development of artillery and fortification, and includes special collections of early books, handbooks, and drill manuals.

22. Leeds

The reference library in Leeds houses the majority of the Royal Armouries archives and books, including rare manuscripts.

23. History of the Collection

A history of the Royal Armouries and its collection from its founding in the Tower of London to the present day.

24. Early Scholars

The subject of arms and armour as an academic discipline owes its origins to a small group of 19th and 20th century gentlemen scholars.

25. Robert Coltman Clephan

A brief account of the work and life of Robert Coltman Clephan (1839-1922)

26. Baron de Cosson

A brief account of the work and life of Baron de Cosson (1846-1929)

27. Harold Arthur Lee-Dillon

A brief account of the life and work of Harold Arthur Lee-Dillon, 17th Viscount of Costello-Gallen (1844-1932)

28. Charles John ffoulkes

A brief account of the life and work of Charles John ffoulkes (1868-1947)

29. John Hewitt

A brief account of the life and work of John Hewitt (1807-1878)

30. Sir Guy Francis Laking

A brief account of the life and work of Sir Guy Francis Laking (1875-1919)

31. Lt. Gen. Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers

A brief account of the life and work of Lt. Gen. Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers (1827-1900)

32. General Sir John Lefroy

A brief account of the life and work of General Sir John Lefroy (1817-1890)

33. Sir James Mann

A brief account of the life and work of Sir James Mann (1897-1962)

34. Sir James Mann

A brief account of the life and work of Sir James Mann (1897-1962)

35. Samuel Rush Meyrick

A brief account of the life and work of Samuel Rush Meyrick (1783-1848)

36. Robert Porrett

A brief account of the life and work of Robert Porrett (1783-1868)

37. 18th Century

18th century War gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

38. 19th Century

19th century War gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

39. History of Hunting

A brief history of hunting from the Hunting gallery at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds.

40. Hands on history seminars

This series of seminars will give you an opportunity to experience first hand some of the finest objects from the Royal Armouries great collections.

41. Key Stage 3 - English Civil Wars: To kill a King

Experience the world of the English Civil Wars during Royal Armouries’ interactive, hands-on history sessions.

42. Learn

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new education programmes for KS2 and KS3 pupils at both Fort Nelson and Leeds.

43. What's On

Come and discover for yourself the new galleries and displays, our new Cafe 1871 plus a brand new visitor centre. Admission will still be free of charge.

44. Buff coats and Baldricks

Information about buff-coats and baldricks suitable for KS3 History: English Civil Wars.

45. English Civil Wars Muskets

Information about muskets suitable for KS3 History: English Civil Wars.

46. Harquebusier armour

Information about harquebusier armour suitable for KS3 History: English Civil Wars.

47. Cuirassier armour

Information about cuirassier armour suitable for KS3 History: English Civil Wars.

48. Swords of the English Civil Wars

Information about Swords of the English Civil Wars suitable for KS3 History: English Civil Wars.

49. Pikemen's armour

Information about Pikemen in the English Civil Wars; suitable for KS3 History: English Civil Wars.

50. Teachers notes: Littlecote House

Teachers notes to accompany the Royal Armouries English Civil War module on Littlecote House.

51. Task 1: Exploration of Littlecote House

Task 1: Exploration of Littlecote House.
Teachers notes to accompany the Royal Armouries English Civil War module on Littlecote House.

52. Task 2: Inside Littlecote House

Task 2: Exploration of Littlecote House.
Teachers notes to accompany the Royal Armouries English Civil War module on Littlecote House.

53. Task 3 Popham portrait

Task 3: Popham portrait.
Teachers notes to accompany the Royal Armouries English Civil War module on Littlecote House.

54. Task 4 Change over time

Task 4: Change over time.
Teachers notes to accompany the Royal Armouries English Civil War module on Littlecote House.

55. Curriculum links: Littlecote House

Curriculum links: Exploration of Littlecote House.
Teachers notes to accompany the Royal Armouries English Civil War module on Littlecote House.

56. Resources: Exploration of Littlecote House

Resources: Exploration of Littlecote House.
Teachers notes to accompany the Royal Armouries English Civil War module on Littlecote House.

57. What's On

Our summer events run Saturday 23 July to Sunday 4 September

Charge down to the museum for loads of summer fun. Come rain or shine there’s always something exciting going on.

58. Explore Littlecote House

Adobe Flash® based interactive exploring the Popham Armoury and Littlecote House through paintings and objects from the Royal Armouries collection. Designed for Key Stage 3 study of the English Civil Wars. Designed for SmartBoard™.

59. Teachers Resources: Explore Littlecote House

Resources for teachers for use in the classroom along with the Explore Littlecote House interactive module, includes classroom tasks, teachers notes, links to further information, and resources for download.

60. Explore Littlecote House (without Flash)

Study the English Civil War through exploring Littlecote House. This section does not use Adobe Flash®.

61. Littlecote House

This gallery explores details of a landscape painting of Littlecote House, revealing interesting features and hidden meanings.

62. Littlecote House

This gallery explores details of a landscape painting of Littlecote House, revealing interesting features and hidden meanings.

63. Great Hall in Littlecote House

Littlecote House was home to the greatest surviving English Civil Wars armoury. Explore the photograph of the Great Hall and learn more about the arms and armour.

64. Great Hall in Littlecote House

Littlecote House was home to the greatest surviving English Civil Wars armoury. Explore the photograph of the Great Hall and learn more about the arms and armour.

65. Colonel Alexander Popham

Colonel Alexander Popham was commander in the Parliamentarian army during the English Civil Wars. He was also the owner of Littlecote House, which was an armoury and garrison.

66. Colonel Alexander Popham

Colonel Alexander Popham was commander in the Parliamentarian army during the English Civil Wars. He was also the owner of Littlecote House, which was an armoury and garrison.

67. Carbines and blunderbusses

Information about flintlock carbines suitable for KS3 History: English Civil Wars.

68. Tower of London

The library at the Tower collects material on the history of the Tower of London and its institutions, including the Board of Ordnance.

69. Malcolm Mercer

Malcolm Mercer is Curator of Tower History at the Royal Armouries Museum based at the Tower of London.

70. The Life and Phases of Fort Nelson

Discover the evolution of Fort Nelson, from its inception to the present day.

71. Fit for a King

See five hundred years of spectacular royal armour, offering a fascinating insight into the personalities, power and physical size of England’s kings.

72. Henry VIII

An introduction to King Henry VIII.

73. Key Stage 2 - Tudors: Tournament

The Royal Armouries Museum is the perfect place to discover the world of Tudor King Henry VIII and his love of sport and tournament. Pupils can get up close to his personal armours, try on armour and handle weapons from the collection.

74. Line of Kings

Explore the fascinating history and development of the Line of Kings, the oldest visitor attraction in the world. Currently located in the White Tower of the Tower of London.

75. Key stage 1 - Significant People: Florence Nightingale

Meet Florence Nightingale and learn why she was so important to Hampshire and Fort Nelson.

76. Key Stage 2 - Victorians: Spies like us

Become a French Secret Agent and spy on Jack the Navvy to find out who lived at Fort Nelson during Victorian times and why the Fort was built.

77. Key Stage 2 - Second World War: Spies like us

Go undercover to find out how Fort Nelson protected the south coast during the Blitz and the Black Out!

78. Key Stage 2 - Forces in Action: Catapults and Trebuchets

Experience forces in action at close quarters by building and firing a medieval siege engine

79. Key Stage 3 - Forces in Action: Simple Siege Machines

Experience forces in action at close quarters by building and firing a medieval siege engine.

80. Key Stage 3 - First World War: Study Day

Follow the experiences of a ‘Tommy’ from his training at Fort Nelson to the trenches of the Front Line.

10 Events

1. Firearms of the American Civil War Seminar

Learn about the development of small-arms in the United States during the first part of the 19th century.

2. History Talks - Yorkshire Traitors?

These introductory sessions give an overview of some of the significant events in the Tudor period, followed by a chance to handle some of our original and replica objects.

3. History Talks - Yorkshire Traitors?

These introductory sessions give an overview of some of the significant events in the Tudor period, followed by a chance to handle some of our original and replica objects.

4. History Talks - The Queen's Alchemist!

These introductory sessions give an overview of some of the significant events in the Tudor period, followed by a chance to handle some of our original and replica objects.

5. History Talks - The Queen's Alchemist!

These introductory sessions give an overview of some of the significant events in the Tudor period, followed by a chance to handle some of our original and replica objects.

6. The Wars of the Roses: Society at War in the 15th Century

This conference has now SOLD OUT.

7. The SAS War Diary 1941-45

A lecture by SAS war diary collator Gordon Stevens followed by an opportunity to examine this unique diary and handle genuine WWII SAS weapons from the Royal Armouries collection.

8. The Hundred Years War: A Century of Conflict Re-evaluated

Bringing together some of the principal historians of the 14th and 15th centuries this conference will offer fresh new insights into our traditional interpretation of the Hundred Years’ War.

9. CONFERENCE: EAST MEETS WEST

A one-day conference celebrating the 400th anniversary of the gift of armour from the Shogun of Japan, Tokugawa Hidetada, to King James I and VI of England and Scotland.

10. REGIA ANGLORUM RE-ENACTMENT GROUP

History comes to life, with British Living History group Regia Anglorum, as they re-enact Norman skirmishes and archer skills in our outdoor arena.


2 Press Releases

1. Take a trip down Memory Lane

The Royal Armouries Museum – which is currently revamping the Portsdown Hill Fort and transforming it into a visitor attraction fit for the 21st Century – is appealing for local people to get in touch and to share their memories and memorabilia.

2. From I Spy to iPods – History goes high tech at Fort Nelson

The Royal Armouries today launches its brand new state-of-the-art education facilities at Fort Nelson – using the latest interactive technology to make history come alive for Hampshire primary schoolchildren.