Aimed at heritage professionals and craft practitioners from all over the world, as well as the general public, the National Heritage Ironwork Group’s first ever Historic Ironwork Conference will be held in the beautiful Grade I listed Guildhall at the heart of the World Heritage City of Bath, a stone’s throw from historic Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths. Alongside this, a Festival of Ironwork will be staged in the elegant surroundings of Parade Gardens bordering the River Avon.
The principal aim of this unique celebration, which is supported by our partners the British Artist Blacksmiths Association (BABA) and the Institute of Conservation (Icon), is to raise the profile of one of our neglected national treasures – the country’s wealth of Historic Ironwork.
A rare opportunity, this event will provide both introductory and in-depth sessions aimed at stimulating discussion and sharing knowledge…..so if your work involves ironwork conservation, or you own an example of heritage ironwork, or you simply have an interest in the subject, then this conference will be important to you!
This will be an event for all the family with, at its centre, demonstrations and workshops by master smiths using traditional skills in an historic setting to create new & exciting contemporary ironwork which will become the heritage of the future. Featuring children’s activities, this will be a distinctive & unusual festival to experience and remember!
Including names of key note speakers, master smiths and booking information will be available as soon as possible, with the full event timetable released in in early 2018.
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