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Governance

The Royal Armouries was established in its present form by the National Heritage Act (1983) and is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) sponsored by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). We receive of Grant-in-Aid funding from government but raise additional funds through commercial activity and from donations and sponsorship. The Royal Armouries is an exempt charity under the Charities Act 1993.

We are governed by a Board of Trustees who are appointed by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Statutory duties

The National Heritage Act 1983 lays down that the Trustees of the Armouries must:

To help fulfil these duties the Act says that the Trustees may:

Board of Trustees of the Armouries

The Royal Armouries is governed by a Board of Trustees who are appointed by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and hold the collections in trust for the nation:

The Director General and Master of the Armouries

The Board of Trustees appoints a director to be responsible for providing leadership to the Royal Armouries and reporting to the Board of Trustees in all matters relating to the Royal Armouries performance.

Following the retirement of Dr Edward Impey as Director General and Master of the Armouries on 31 January 2022, the Interim Director General position is held by Rod Taylor, who also holds responsibility as Accounting Officer.

Executive Board

The Executive Board manage the Royal Armouries and report to the Interim Director General.

Executive Board members

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