Professor David Williams of Loughborough University is recognised internationally for his expertise in manufacturing technology.
Much of the evolution of this has been driven by weapons manufacturing. His publications and research work as an honorary historical consultant focus on the history of military gunmaking and the Birmingham Gun Trade.
Did you know?
It's Leeds for designer gear
Greenwood and Batley of Albion Works, Leeds, established in 1854, was one of the most important designers and manufacturers of firearm and ammunition manufacturing equipment in the world.
Got Excalibur in the loft or "that arrow" from the Battle of Hastings above the fireplace?
Contact our experts to find out if you've got a historical gem or a car boot sale classic.