In the United Kingdom we have a precious heritage of architectural ironwork displaying an unparalleled mastery of design and craftsmanship – and it needs your protection. So if you are passionate about art, devoted to conservation or have a penchant for metalwork, or if you are simply interested in safeguarding the future of your country’s heritage, please visit the NHIG website to offer your support.
NHIG was established in 2009 to secure the future of our rich ironwork heritage by promoting high standards of workmanship, NHIG has since passed many important milestones. From launching the first ever Conservation Principles for Heritage Ironwork – now widely accepted as the gold-standard – to organising regular training events, we have gone a long way towards achieving our goals, but there is still further to go. Please consider joining them in their endeavour to preserve this magnificent aspect of our shared heritage by signing up to their mailing list or offering longer-term support through membership.
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NHIG launched its new Membership scheme at the recent International Blacksmiths’ Festival and now invites you to support the charity by becoming a member.
NHIG is the first organisation worldwide focused solely on historic ironwork. Your support is vital in order for NHIG to become the organisation for historic ironwork care and a hub for research and advice, thereby creating a secure future for heritage ironwork.
For full details click here to visit the NHIG website.
From the earliest times ironwork has been used for utilitarian objects, and often with an ornamental treatment. This seminar will look at the history of the use of iron in architecture with particular emphasis on ornamental ironwork. It will discuss the properties and manufacture of wrought and cast iron from early charcoal irons and steels, through puddled iron, cast iron and modern steels.
The CPD will cover
- How to identify and date;
- How to understand wrought ironwork, techniques of repair and replication;
- The techniques of the blacksmith, remedial techniques for damaged wrought and cast iron objects;
- Good and bad practices.
To be held on the 20th February 2016 in Holme Lacy, Herefordshire, the course will deal with how do we best protect our Historic Ironwork for future generations without losing valuable evidence of prior coatings and production methods?
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