Royal Armouries

Power House

Discover the stories and personalities behind the major organisations of state, who took care of royal business behind the mighty Tower walls, from 1100 to the present day, in a new permanent exhibition in the White Tower.

The exhibition, curated by the Royal Armouries, showcases the roles of the major organisations that provided the bedrock of England’s power throughout the centuries.

Great institutions include the Ordnance Office, Ordnance Survey, the Royal Mint, Record Office, the Jewel House, Menagerie and Royal Observatory. Power House will also put the spotlight on other Tower of London functions, ranging from royal residence to state prison.

Tower through Time

Institutions of the Tower

Dragon

Did you know?

Thunder birds are go!

Artillery pieces before about 1700 were often classified by names. A rare type of very big gun was known as a basilisk, a more common long powerful gun was known as a culverin while smaller versions were named after birds of prey such as saker and falcon.