Thom Richardson

Thom Richardson

Thom Richardson is the Keeper of Armour and Oriental Collections at the Royal Armouries Museum based in Leeds.


Thom Richardson FSA is Keeper of Armour and Oriental collections at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. He joined the staff of the Tower Armouries in 1984 having previously worked for the British Museum and Manchester City Art Gallery.

A former editor of the Journal of the Arms and Armour Society, he is author of numerous books and articles on armour and related subjects, including The medieval armour from Rhodes, co-written with the late Chip Karcheski, and winner of ICOMAM’s Justus Lipsius Prize in 2002.

Recent publications:

(with Emma Schmeucker and Rose Lees) The examination and conservation of a 17th century Indian horse armour, Metals, 2010: (with Silke Ackermann and Elizabeth Gatti) A 17th century pikeman’s armour from Antwerp, Arms & Armour 7.1, 2010: 30–39

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