Royal Armouries launches new online picture library

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Royal Armouries press release – 1 April, 2019.

The Royal Armouries, keeper of the UK’s national collection of arms and armour, has launched a new online image library of over 20,000 high resolution images relating to arms, armour and artillery, dating from ancient times to the present day.

The new online platform will allow users to view and license images at the click of a button, and is designed to appeal to a range of audiences, from professional image buyers to arms and armour enthusiasts.  

Adam Lumb, Head of Commercial Development at the Royal Armouries, said:  “Some of the most compelling narratives of human experience have been shaped by arms and armour, and the consequences of their use is all around us. At the same time, their development has drawn on contributions from great scientists, craftsmen and artists.

So whilst the artefacts themselves are fascinating and have intrinsic interest, they also provide a unique route to understanding history and cultures from Britain and the world.

Our library prides itself on holding the highest quality and range of photographs possible on the subject of arms and armour and we wanted to create a service that made the search and purchase of our remarkable images a simple process. I am very pleased with the results.”

The new picture library website was developed by UK- based company ‘Capture’, and utilises their latest front end platform. It offers a user-friendly interface and is designed to be responsive across all devices.

The website was officially launched at Fotofringe London on 21 March 2019.

The Royal Armouries is the UK’s oldest national museum with a collection which has been on display to visitors for over 500 years.

Part of the collection is still on display in its original home at the Tower of London.

The museum in Leeds opened in 1996 and houses five themed galleries with around 8,500 items on display.

To explore the new online picture library, please visit:

Notes to editors

About the Royal Armouries

Entry to the museum is free but some activities carry a small charge.

The Royal Armouries is Britain’s national museum of arms and armour, and one of the most important museums of its type in the world.

Its origins lie in the Middle Ages, and at its core is the celebrated collection Harquebusier’s armour of King James II, originating in the nation’s arsenal, assembled over many centuries at the Tower of London.

For more information

• Royal Armouries has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London and Fort Nelson in Hampshire.

• The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds houses a major part of the national collection of arms and armour, and displays over 8,500 objects throughout its five themed galleries.

• Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-26 December

• Website:

• For more information please contact: Joanna Dorrington Brook