Royal Armouries

Research

Archival research

colour photo of James II's breastplate, helmet, and gauntlet over a buffcoat

Creating a Display: from the English Civil…

monochrome photo of a long hall lined with armour displays

J. R. Planché’s Scientific Arrangement of the…

monochrome newspaper illustration of long hall displaying arms and armour

Samuel Meyrick and the Rearrangement of the…

monochrome newspaper illustration of an armoured figure on horseback

The Genesis of the Line of Kings,…

coloured line drawing of people visiting a line of mounted armours

The Hanoverian Line of Kings 1714-1820

monochrome newspaper illustration of a line of mounted armoured figures

The Reverend John Skinner’s Visit to the…

monochrome engraving of a man with sash and medals

The Strange Affair of Elizabeth Cooper and…

Physical research

Interior of wooden horse

Endoscopy and the Wooden Horses of the…

Photo of strips of different colours annotated to explain different paint layers

Paint Analysis and the Wooden Horses and…

Interior view of wooden horse

Timber Analysis, Dendrochronology and the Wooden Horses,…

x-ray of the neck of a wooden horse showing metal nails

X-radiography and the Carved Wooden Horses, Heads…

The Line of Kings Exhibition


For several centuries, Tower of London visitors have enjoyed seeing the figures of armoured kings, displayed with life-sized wooden horses.

Visit the world’s longest-running visitor attraction.