Senior conservator - Chris Smith

Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith is a Senior Conservator at the Royal Armouries Museum based at the Tower of London.

Biography

Christopher Smith came to the Armouries for a six week summer placement in 1986. He was trained under the watchful eyes of Ted Smith and Arthur Davies who ran the Armouries workshop from the late 1940s.

After serving an apprenticeship of several years making washers, tea, armour parts, and stripping firearms he then specialised in the conservation and restoration of armour.

He completed building a replica of the Sardis helmet in 1992, which was on display in the War gallery in Leeds until quite recently. Chris has worked at both the Tower of London and in Leeds. He is now based back at the Tower where he maintains the arms and armour displays in the White Tower.

Did you know?

A flash in the pan

This expression originates with the misfire of a flintlock or similar gun. The powder in the pan was supposed to ignite the main charge in the barrel. Sometimes only the powder in the pan flashed without firing the main charge.

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