ROYAL ARMOURIES MUSEUM LEEDS

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Tom Baker sets his eyes on a popular Yorkshire attraction housing the United Kingdom’s premier collection of arms and armour

An exterior shot of the Royal Armouries Musuem, Leeds
ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF THE ROYAL ARMOURIES

The Royal Armouries is one of Britain’s most historic institutions, being custodians of the nation’s collection of arms, armour, artillery and firearms. With a lineage that dates back to 1323, the organisation is among the ‘oldest’ museums anywhere on Earth.

The Royal Armouries began its distinguished history 700 years ago in the Tower of London, with the creation of the Privy Wardrobe. By the mid-15th century, the Privy Wardrobe was replaced by the Office of Ordnance and the Office of Armoury – whose responsibilities entailed the procuring and issuing of ‘artillery’, weaponry and armour.

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