In developing this section of our website, NHIG’s aim is to become the hub for heritage ironwork information.

Our vision is to act as a focal point for the collection, publication, exchange and dissemination of this information. Although this section is in the early stages of development we trust it will evolve as additional information is gathered.

Current sections include Conservation Principles, Commissioning Guidelines, Articles, Guidance, Did you know and Links

We need your help to achieve our aim

If you have any suggestions for additions to this page please contact us.


V & A’s collection of Conservation Journals

Did you know about the V & A’s collection of Conservation Journals?

These contain articles on a huge variety of conservation areas, with the following of particular interest to NHIG supporters

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St John the Baptist, Chester

Did you know about St John the Baptist, Chester?

An under celebrated yet truly remarkable 17th Century screen and gates survives in the Warburton chapel in the old cathedral of St John the Baptist. This ironwork provides as a very rare example from a time before the influence from France lead to the flowering of the ‘golden age’ of British smithwork at the beginning of the 18th Century. Not only has the ironwork survived, but it is in such a state as to be in as new condition.

A visit was made as part of the NHIG CPD course in May 2014. With little known about this ironwork, delegates pondered upon its past, the massiveness of the components of the screen, the evident difficulty with which they were made, not to mention the design, so wild to our twentieth century eyes.

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J Starkie Gardner – Reprinted

Did you know about the reprint of J Starkie Gardner’s book ‘English Ironwork of the 17th & 18th Centuries’?  First published in 1911, this book is an accumulation of years of practical work and research by the author, focusing on what is often regarded as the ‘golden age’ of decorative English ironwork. It not only provides the most comprehensive and outstanding record of this art and craft, but it also discusses stylistic trends and attitudes towards decorative ironwork.

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