Royal Armouries, Leeds

Wow. One of the most stunning museums I have visited. One of my favourites too.
Lots to see and do. If you have small people in tow, check their Events page.  They usually put a tournament on over the Easter weekend. If you have particular interests check out the schedule of talks and demonstrations before you go, and plan accordingly.

On entry chose the stairs which give close up views of the Hall of Steel.


Civil War interest lies with the Littlecote Collection, the most important surviving armoury of the Civil War; in the audio visual theatre tucked away at the back of the gallery there is a 15 minute dramatisation of events at Marston Moor (on a continuous loop). Plus of course the harquebusier, cuirassier and pikemen in the main hall. Daily talks on the ECW collection currently take place at 11am - the highlight being why the armour has bullet dents in them (no spoilers here thank you!).








The 'other Siborne' model is here, much more accessible and visible than the one at NAM. On the upper floor are the oriental galleries with an impressive collection of samurai armour, and elephant armour. Who doesn't love an armoured elephant?


Too far away for you? Try this Royal Armouries YouTube video tour of part of their Civil War collection.

Littlecote Collection is documented in "The Littlecote: the English Civil War Armoury". Whilst only recently out of print copies can still be found.

My copy has finally arrived, it has a brief history of Littlecote and the people who lived there, how the Armoury was saved from dispersal at auction; whilst the bulk of this very weighty time catalogues every item in the collection.

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