Andrew Braund

2021 QEST Scholar - Arms & Armour Conservation

Andrew is an armourer specialising in conservation and restoration. In 2016 he started trading as Volund Crafts, making and selling historical replicas focusing on metalwork, in particular casting. In 2018 he attended West Dean College to do a Foundation Degree in Art, specialising in Historic Craft Practices, and a QEST Scholarship will support further studies at West Dean – an MA in Conservation Studies (Metals).

As well as expanding his personal armour collection, he has been learning about conservation and restoration methods. Some of the objects he has been working on recently include artillery instruments, silver plates and other silver ornamental objects, and a 1796 pattern British infantry officer’s sword.

I love history and arms and armour fascinate me. I have spent a lot of time making historic replicas as a passion and now I am eager and excited to be working with the original objects which have inspired myself and so many others.