Chinese arms and armour

Chinese arms and armour

To celebrate the coming Chinese New Year, this month we take a look at the number of remarkable objects from our collection that demonstrate the fa...

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Armour in popular culture

Armour in popular culture

Much of the public perception of arms and armour is coloured by popular culture, yet many museums have been slow to appreciate and preserve the won...

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Swords of ‘Middle Earth’

Swords of ‘Middle Earth’

Four heroic swords based on weapons used in the epic ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy went on display at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds in...

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Swords in popular culture

Swords in popular culture

In the world of arms and armour, the objects featured in contemporary popular culture are often underrepresented. Much of the public perception of ...

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The ‘writhen hilt’ sword

The ‘writhen hilt’ sword

In this blog post, Assistant Curator Scot Hurst traces the fascinating history of the writhen hilt sword, from the hands of two of the world’s most...

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