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The most remarkable Christmas present in the Royal Armouries collection

  Gifts make up a large part of our collection here at the Royal Armouries museum, from direct gifts given to the museum to objects whose provenance were once diplomatic court gifts or even Christmas presents. This December we have been looking at one of the most ostentatious Christmas presents in our collection; this Foot Combat […]

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Behind the scenes with the Royal Armouries Licensing Team

October has been a busy month at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds with the opening of our new ‘Make: Believe’ display; showcasing some amazing arms and armour from classic films, TV and theatre productions.  Featuring new acquisitions like this Star Wars E-11 blaster above, it explores the influence and role of arms and armour in […]

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100 years since the first Remembrance Day

11th November 2019 marks 100 years since the first Remembrance Day in Britain (also known as Armistice Day). Symbolising the end of the Wars, it was an opportunity to honour those who had given their lives defending the freedom of others. 100 years on, we have been looking back at some wonderful photographs from The First […]

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25th October marks 165 years since the Battle of Balaclava

25th October marks 165 years since the Battle of Balaclava, one of the most significant battles during the Crimean war. Witnessing both extreme acts of bravery and military blunders, it was also one of the first ever conflicts captured on film.   As Russian forces launched an attack on Balaclava they were blocked by the […]

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80 years since the declaration of the Second World War

As September 3rd marks 80 years since the declaration of the Second World War, we are looking at some of our special photographs and objects that we have digitised from our amazing collection. King George VI firing a Bren Light Machine Gun at the Royal Small Arms Factory. British, Enfield , June 2nd, 1940   Pictured […]

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