The Royal Armouries is the United Kingdom’s National Museum of Arms and Armour, one of the largest collections of arms and armour in the world, comprising of the UK’s National Collection of Arms and Armour, National Artillery Collection, and National Firearms Collection. It is also the keeper of Tower of London history.
It is Britain’s oldest museum, and one of the oldest museums in the world.
As a museum we have a duty of care for all the objects in the collection, to keep them, study them and increase our knowledge of them, so that this can be passed to future generations along with the objects themselves.
This knowledge can be shared with others who also collect arms and armour, we are actively involved with and support a number of groups committed to the study of the subject and its practical applications. As such we offer an enquiry service to the public and the commercial world alike and have often acted as consultants on a number of film and television projects.
However, we are more than just a museum with objects in display cases, we carry out and publish research on the topic of arms and armour, carry out research on behalf of other museums. Act as specialists in the field, and we even loan out objects to other institutions. We also put on events for the public and exhibitions.
This is not the only way in which we have used our knowledge and collection, previously we have done very important work in the community, working with Youth Offending Teams, on knife and gun crime prevention. As one of the largest collections of guns and knives in the world we are uniquely placed to offer a different insight into how and why people use weapons.
We have also worked with groups such as Flashpoint, Leap and launched our own campaign No To Knives: NTK, these are about raising awareness and resolving or avoiding conflict.
If you thought the Royal Armouries was just about guns, knives and armour in display cases, think again.
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