Senior conservator - Chris Smith

Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith is a Senior Conservator at the Royal Armouries, 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?

Six Eiffel Towers

During the siege of Sebastopol the British and French armies fired 10,000 tonnes of iron shot, 510,000 round shot, 236,000 howitzer shells and 350,000 mortar shells. That’s a total of about 43,000 tonnes of iron: the equivalent of six Eiffel Towers!

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