Robert has been Curator of European Edged Weapons at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, since 2001. He was Curator of European Arms and Armour at Glasgow Museums (1983-97) curating the exhibition 'Bonnie Prince Charlie: Fact and Fiction' (1995-6). He has published on many subjects ranging from the arms and armour of Uccello’s paintings to the Welsh Castles of Edward I. His interest in battlefield and conflict archaeology has led to his involvement with recent work Towton (1461) and Culloden (1746) and he was heavily involved with the Culloden Battlefield Memorial Project (2004-8). Most recently he identified a sword hilt fragment which helped confirm and locate the site of the battle of Bosworth (1485). His recent publications include a chapter in Culloden: The history and archaeology of the last clan battle (2009) and he has contributed to The Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology (2010). In 2010 was elected to the Executive Board of the International Committee for Museums (ICOMAM). He is currently completing a book on medieval arms and armour at war as well as contributing to a work on medieval weapons and wounds.