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Tudor Power and Glory

A new exhibition and action-packed programme of events to mark the 500th anniversary of The Field of Cloth of Gold, Henry VIII’s spectacular meeting with Francis I of France, one of the greatest and most conspicuous displays of wealth, pageantry and culture that Europe had ever seen.

In June 1520 Henry VIII and Francis I met outside Calais in France for a diplomatic and sporting event of unprecedented scale and ambition – The Field of Cloth of Gold.
The new exhibition will bring together for the first time a collection of remarkable objects, including some of Henry VIII’s most important armours, specially created for him to wear at The Field of Cloth of Gold.
Travel back in time and explore the development of Henry’s armoury, the challenges of transporting the English court to France, the spectacle of the tournament and the political power play at the heart of the event.


Recognised as the home of international jousting the tiltyard at the museum in Leeds will be the venue for the spectacular Tudor jousting tournament over the May bank holiday.
Tickets can be booked online.

To mark the 500th anniversary of this ultimate display of Tudor power and glory the museum will be bringing history to life with an action-packed programme of events.
Themed events will feature costumed characters combats, talks & tours plus lots of have-a-go activities and the change to get your hands on history.