Military historian retains a top role at the Royal Armouries

PROFESSOR John Childs, head of Military History at Leeds University, has been appointed chairman of the Royal Armouries Development Trust.

The trust, which was created in 1996 when the Royal Armouries, the national museum of arms and armour, pictured, moved to Leeds, has been reorganised to enable it to assist the museum to raise funds for future projects at all its sites.

Prof Childs, who has recently stepped down as a trustee of the Royal Armouries, said: “I have been associated with the Royal Armouries since it first opened in Leeds and I am delighted to be able to retain an involvement in its future development. The armouries is a national asset which makes a significant contribution to both the cultural and business life of the region.”

The Board of Trustees of the Royal Armouries has two new members. They are Patricia Langham, head of Wakefield Girls’ High School, and Jon Hammond, broadcaster and managing director of The Catapult Group.

Mrs Langham is chairman of the North East Area Training Board for Independent Schools as well as being a professional after-dinner speaker.

Mr Hammond is a board member of the Northern Ballet Theatre and a former president of Leeds NSPCC.