Get up close and personal to our fabulous “bejewelled” dragon – standing 4.5m high
and specially commissioned by the Royal Armouries – at a compelling new exhibition
now open at the Tower of London.
The majestic beast welcomes visitors to our latest permanent exhibition – Power House –
on the top floor of the iconic White Tower.
Weighing an estimated 1,200kg, the dragon creates a guaranteed wow factor and
took an estimated 800 hours to design, build and install. The model comprises 2,672
items including replica coins, glass jewels, and a variety of weapons, including two
Power House is staged in partnership with Historic Royal Palaces and showcases the
roles of the major organisations that provided the bedrock of England’s power
throughout the centuries.
Discover the stories and personalities behind the major organisations of state, who took
care of Royal business behind the mighty Tower of London’s walls from 1100 to the
These institutions include the Ordnance Office, Ordnance Survey, the Royal Mint, the
Constable, the Jewel House, Menagerie and Royal Observatory. The exhibition also puts
the spotlight on other Tower of London functions, ranging from the Record Office to
The Royal Armouries’ Head of Creative Programmes Karen Whitting said, “The Tower has
been home to many important national institutions for over 900 years and was viewed
as a fortress and symbol of England’s might.
“Close to the seat of Royal power at Westminster, the Tower became England’s
ultimate Power House – and the functions it housed were vital to whether successive
monarchs kept or lost control of the kingdom.
“There are some fascinating stories being told – including the tale of William Foxley,
potmaker for the Royal Mint, who fell asleep for 14 days and 15 nights. The poor soul
was was viewed as a curiosity and was prodded, poked and even burned in an effort
to rouse him. Even King Henry VIII visited the Tower, to witness the ‘spectacle’ for
Power House also includes interactive opportunities from the Royal Armouries’ popular
Hands on History experience.
For more information about all Royal Armouries events, visit www.royalarmouries.org