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Natasha Bennett

Natasha Bennett is the Curator of Oriental Collections at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Natasha studied History at the University of Durham (2004 – 2007). Following a brief career diversion into the editorial and publishing world, she went on to gain her MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Leeds (2009 – 2010) and secured a six-month exhibitions internship at the V&A. She joined the Royal Armouries in March 2011 as Curatorial Assistant for the Oriental Collections and became Assistant Curator in 2013. She was confirmed as Curator of the Oriental Collections in 2017.

Natasha works with the Asian and African collections at the Royal Armouries. These include an enormous spread of arms and armour mostly dating from between the 14th and 20th centuries, so her research interests are necessarily wide-ranging. She has presented specialist study sessions and seminars on mounted warfare in Asia, South Asian arms and armour, Islamic arms and armour, Asian swords, and textiles in Japanese armour.

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