|The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds is reopened its doors today to welcome back visitors safely.
All galleries will be fully open for visitors to explore the national collection of arms of armour for free. In line with social distancing, visitor numbers are limited so people are advised to pre-book tickets on the Royal Armouries website.
Two brand new gallery displays will be opening to the public for the first time.
Tudor Power & Glory: The Field of Cloth of Gold is a celebration of Henry VIII’s extravagant 1520 tournament in France, a year on from its 500th anniversary.
Using incredible objects from the Royal Armouries collection, they explore The Field of Cloth of Gold, one of the most amazing political and sporting events ever staged.
Highlights include armourers’ tools from Henry VIII’s armoury, gift armours for horse and man, sporting weapons and two innovative and technically splendid armours made for King Henry.
This display can be found in the newly transformed Tournament gallery, where history will be brought to life by the Live Interpretation Team through dramatic presentations and combat displays throughout the day.
The Second World War is explored in Firefight! featuring weapons that have never been shown at the museum before.
This innovative display tells the story of the single most important event in the 20th century through the weapons, armour, ammunition types and methods of fighting developed by all sides to improve their chances of winning.
Visitors can experience the magnitude of the Second World War with objects, imagery and film and find out how training and manufacturing would prove key to the eventual Allied victory.
The museum shop and cafe are also fully open, with extra cleaning and safety measures used throughout.