Portrait of  Graeme  Rimer Graeme Rimer

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Graeme Rimer is the Academic Director of the Royal Armouries Museum and is based in Leeds.

Following an early fascination for arms and armour Graeme spent school and college holidays, from the age of 15, as a volunteer at the Royal Armouries at the Tower of London. After training for several years to be come a conservator in the arms and armour collections of the Wallace Collection, London, he returned to full-time education, and in 1975 returned to the Tower of London in a curatorial role as Museum Assistant. He has remained with the Royal Armouries ever since, holding a number of senior collections-related posts. He was appointed Academic Director in 2004.

From 1988 to 1995 Graeme chaired the Fort Nelson Project Group, the body working to establish the Royal Armouries artillery museum, near Portsmouth. From 1993, as part of the Royal Armouries Leeds museum project, he was coordinator for the development of the War Gallery.

In Leeds, he has had close involvement with several of the many temporary exhibitions prepared by the Royal Armouries, including Portraits from a Prison Camp, Treasures from the Tower (in the Kremlin, Moscow), Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, and Wheellock Firearms of the Royal Armouries.

Graeme has published a number of articles and larger works on arms and armour related topics, and lectured to a wide variety of audiences, in the UK, Europe and North America. He is currently working with Thom Richardson to complete the catalogue of the English Civil War armoury from Littlecote House.

He has contributed to the research into several significant archaeological projects, eg; the Mary Rose, the Towton 1461 battlefield and mass grave excavations, and the Alderney Wreck (an English warship of about 1590), and contributed to the official publications related to these projects.

He was Assistant Editor of the Journal of the Arms and Armour Society from 1980 to 1982, and Editor from 1982 to 1986. He is now Editor of the Royal Armouries own bi-annual journal; Arms & Armour.

He has contributed to a number of factual film projects, including two History Channel USA television series entitled Arms in Action.

Graeme is currently Chairman of the Museums Weapons Group, representing the interests of publicly-funded UK museums with collections of weapons. He also represents the Royal Armouries on the Executive committee of ICOMAM (The International Committee of Museums and Collections of Arms and Military History), and the Programming Committee of the International Medieval Congress, Leeds University.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers of London, and a member of the Arms and Armour Society, the Society of Archer-Antiquaries and the Attingham Society. He is a keen motorcyclist and is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Rimer, G (2008) ‘EditorialArms and Armour , 5 (2), pp. 105-106. ISSN 17416124

Rimer, G (2008) ‘EditorialArms and Armour , 5 (1), pp. 3-4. ISSN 17416124

Rimer, G (2008) ‘A Short Note on a Major AcquisitionArms and Armour , 5 (1), pp. 101-102. ISSN 17416124


Rimer, G (2007) ‘Editor's PrefaceArms and Armour , 4 (2), pp. 91-92. ISSN 17416124

Rimer, G (2007) ‘Editor's PrefaceArms and Armour , 4 (1), pp. 3-4. ISSN 17416124

Rimer, G (2007) ‘Arms and Armour of the Fifteenth Century: Weapons’. In: Blood Red Roses: The Archaeology of a Mass Grave from the Battle of Towton AD 1461. Oxford: Oxbow Books. pp. 119-129. ISBN 978-1-84217-289-6


Rimer, G (2006) ‘Editor's PrefaceArms and Armour , 3 (2), pp. 115-116. ISSN 17416124

Rimer, G (2006) ‘Editor's PrefaceArms and Armour , 3 (1), pp. 3-4. ISSN 17416124


Rimer, G (2003) ‘A Decorated 17th Century English Stonebow’. In: Catalogue of the London Park Lane Arms Fair. London: London Park Lane Arms Fair. pp. 45-48.


Rimer, G (2002) ‘The Royal Armouries, Moving into the 21st CenturyArms collecting , 40 (4), pp. 127-133.


Rimer, G (2001) ‘[Chapter on Weapons]’. In: A Ship Cast Away About Alderney: Investigations of an Elizabethan Shipwreck. Oxford: Oxbow Books. pp. 64-76. ISBN 978-0-9541595-0-4


Rimer, G (1987) ‘The Royal Armouries: Past and PresentArms collecting , 25 (4), pp. 111-124.


Rimer, G. and Blackmore, D. (1986) ‘Firearms in the Popham Armoury at Littlecote House’. In: Catalogue of the London Park Lane Arms Fair. London: London Park Lane Arms Fair. pp. 19-24.