David Edge

David Edge joined the Wallace Collection as its Armourer/metals-conservator in 1975, gaining his initial hands-on experience in the treatment of historic arms and armour by working part-time at the Royal Collection under the tutelage of the Queen’s Armourer.  Besides his conservation role at the Wallace, he was also for many years its temporary Curator of Arms and Armour, until being appointed Head of the Conservation Department in 2004.

David has lectured widely on the history of arms and armour, as well as publishing and lecturing on their conservation and analysis, and has always been a passionate advocate of museum education, founding the Armour-handling section of the public Conservation Gallery in 2000 and working at both school and university level to promote and encourage wider knowledge of museums and museum conservation.  He officially retired from the Wallace Collection in 2020 to become ‘Armourer Emeritus’, continuing to pursue his wide interests within the field of historic arms and armour both within and outside the Collection.

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