The National Heritage Ironwork Group have organised a day of discussion and practical activities on 30th June 2017 at Hartlebury Castle to establish good practice when surveying and recording heritage ironwork with case studies on Buckingham Palace Gates and Harlaxton Manor Garden Gates. Further details and booking information can be found here.
Some of our members will recall Brian Hall’s talk in May 2015 on the work of NHIG, and his introduction to the specialist conservation of ironwork, principally wrought iron. He explained the differences between charcoal and puddled wrought iron, and the importance of specifying the appropriate conservation techniques. This area of conservation had not been fully recognised until the NHIG started raising awareness in 2010. This event will help conservators and commissioners to appreciate the subtleties of wrought ironwork and avoid inadvertent damage to historic fabric.