NHIG are proud that the following projects are either in hand or have recently been completed:
October 2014 – September 2015
The Trustees (who are also directors of the charity for the purposes of the Companies Act) present their Annual Report together with the financial statements of the National Heritage Ironwork Group (NHIG) for the year ended 30 September 2015.
2014 – current (Funded by The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers)
Following the publication of our Conservation Principles in 2013, NHIG is now endeavouring to produce an illustrated guide to these principles. If you can help with this project by supplying suitable images please visit our Current Projects page.
2014 – current (Voluntary)
Under development with City and Guilds, which includes a heritage pathway developed by NHIG, with the intention of it being up and running between August 2014 and August 2015. This development was led by the British Artist Blacksmith Association with NHIG having a key role in the steering group.
July 2012 – July 2014 (Funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation)
NHIG was founded by volunteers and continues to be largely run by volunteers but it became clear that in order to underpin the progress made in its early years and office was required; this would become the focal point of the group, handling day to day core activities and administration. The funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation was for 2 years; the evaluation report for the project can be downloaded below.
October 2013 – completed (Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Royal Palaces, Construction Skills, The Worshipful Co of Ironmongers, British Artist Blacksmiths Association, York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship and 5% voluntary)
NHIG established the first specialised training programme for Blacksmith Conservators within the UK. Although only a two year programme a sustainable future for the college based part of our programme has been secured through the ‘Advanced Apprenticeship’ mentioned separately. For further information please visit the NHIG Heritage Blacksmiths’ Bursary page or download the Evaluation Report below.
April 2013 – completed (Funded by The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers)
NHIG created the first comprehensive statement specifically for the conservation of ironwork providing guidance for practitioners and specifiers alike. The Principles are endorsed by leading conservation bodies including the National Trust, English Heritage and Icon. A copy of this guidance can be downloaded below.
February 2013 (Voluntary)
NHIG created a list of questions for commissioners to put to blacksmiths in order to determine whether the blacksmith is able to make correct judgements for conservation best practice and establish if he or she has the necessary craft skills to carry out the work. The hope is that these guidelines will empower commissioners to make informed decisions in the absence of an accredited list of craftsmen. A copy of the document can be downloaded below.Commissioning Guidelines (.pdf)
March 2011 – established (Voluntary). This is an ongoing project with courses being run on an annual basis. For further details, please visit the Continued Professional Development page
NHIG have designed and developed a two day CPD course aimed at professionals involved with the conservation of ironwork In order to promote good practise. Delegates learn the basic principles of assessing historic ironwork in situ and make decisions about its care.
2010 – 2012 (voluntary)
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.
The reprint of this important work was instigated by the NHIG and published by Donhead Publishing (now owned by the Taylor & Francis Group). For further details please click here.
June 2010 (Voluntary)
NHIG establishing the first ever NOS for blacksmithing with Construction Skills under their heritage crafts section. This was important in providing a national standard against which training programmes for blacksmiths could be mapped. For further information please visit the National Occupational Standards page
July 2010 (Voluntary, Sponsored by Anwick Forge, BABA, Fire & Iron, Historic Royal Palaces, Orchard House IFAs Ltd, Project Book, Rational Graphics, The Ironwork Studio, Topp & Co, Worshipful Co Blacksmiths andYork CCC)
A special ‘Wrought Ironwork’ event to launch the NHIG and raise awareness of the need for developing and promoting good practice in the heritage ironwork sector.