armour and drawing of armour

Inspired by... The craft of the armourer

inspired by The Royal Armouries is delighted to work with local artist Shaun Casey on this, the first ‘Inspired by…’ exhibition at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds.

Sean Casey Our Visitor Experience staff first made the Creative and Curatorial teams aware of a visitor making remarkable sketches in the galleries. It became clear that Shaun was keen to discover more about the work of the artists and craftsmen who created the arms and armour which inspired him to feature their work in his drawings – in turn works of art in themselves. Royal Armouries staff quickly recognised Shaun’s enthusiasm and creativity as the basis for an exciting partnership.

Many objects in the collection were designed and made by skilled craftsmen -armourers at the top of their trade who provided the most effective protection and weaponry for their clients. Some objects were also beautifully decorated with designs by outstanding artists, creating arms and armour which expressed their owner’s wealth and taste, status and power.

Royal Armouries curators discussed the decoration and styles of armour with Shaun, encouraging him to identify further with his favourite items in both the Tournament and War galleries. Meanwhile, the Creative team worked with him on the display of his artwork and preparation of information for labels and web pages.

The Royal Armouries looks forward to showcasing further ‘Inspired by’ responses to the national collection of arms and armour from both individuals and local community groups. If you are interested in proposing an ‘Inspired by…’ display, please email us at


Throughout half term week there will be an assortment of activities for all the family which will bring history to life.

14 February 2015

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Did you know?

4 Eiffel Towers

During the siege of Sebastopol the British fired about 10,000 tonnes of iron shot; the French fired 510,000 round shot, 236,000 howitzer shells and 350,000 mortar shells – a total of around 43,000 tonnes of iron! About the same weight as 4 Eiffel Towers.