The purpose-built Royal Armouries first opened to the public in March 1996 and was the crowning glory of the redevelopment of the rundown Leeds waterfront. Built at a cost of £42.5 million more than 7,500 objects were displayed in the galleries including the National Collection of Arms and Armour. The ceiling heights of the building were designed to accommodate the longest staff weapons when displayed vertically, and the main lift to be big enough to move the largest object. There was also a Peace Gallery, devoted to the end of warfare. These photos turn back the clock to when it first opened with Yorkshire Evening Post readers given a sneak peak at a special open day event. LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook
Go inside Leeds Royal Armouries when it first opened to the public
It's the Leeds museum which was billed as the most exciting day out in history.
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