Royal Armouries’ commercial arm bought by government
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has agreed to acquire Royal Armouries (International) plc, the commercial arm of the museum. The Royal Armoury was established in the 15th century and is the oldest museum in the UK. The RAI assets the government has bought include the cafe and catering arm, events business and car park. The £11.2m acquisition will enable the museum to take ownership of the commercial offer at its site in Leeds, aligning its services with the successful model used at other major DCMS-sponsored national museums.