Guidance

The following are links to useful guidance materials for anyone involved with heritage ironwork. Some are free to download, others are available to purchase.

On occasion the NHIG is able to pool together advice from industry experts to help with specific ironwork queries. The responses to these queries and the original questions can also be found here.


NHIG Conservation Principles


The full document is available for download here:  NHIG Conservation Principles (.pdf)

And now, our newly created ‘Illustrated Guidelines’ – a companion-piece to the original document – will help you to navigate the decision-making process from an informed standpoint.  You can purchase the printed booklet through our shop for a limited time: Conservation Guidelines

For full details on our conservation principles please see the main page.

Forged or fabricated


If you are looking for information on how to tell if ironwork has been traditionally manufactured, Proctor Taylor and Topp & Co. have kindly made the following guidance available.

Forged-vs-fabricated.pdf (.pdf)

Metals by English Heritage


English Heritage’s publication, Metals, part of the ten volume Practical Building Conservation series?  This volume deals with the conservation of a group of materials that have been used in buildings for everything from structural components and fixings to weatherproofing, repairs, and decoration. It covers both the iron-based and the non-ferrous metals (such as copper, bronze and lead), in each case considering technological evolution, deterioration processes, and the practical application and long-term implications of the common conservation materials and methods.

Finials and Terminals


Inform Guide – Finials and Terminals; conservation, repair and maintenance, published by Historic Scotland in 2008

Finials and Terminals (.pdf)

Fireplaces


Inform Guide – Fireplaces; conservation, repair and maintenance, published by Historic Scotland in 2008

Fireplaces (.pdf)

Boundary Ironwork


Inform Guide – Boundary Ironwork.  Conservation,  repair and maintenance, published by Historic Scotland in November 2005

Boundary Ironwork: A guide to re-instatement (.pdf)

Cast Iron Rainwater Goods


The Maintenance of Cast Iron Rainwater Goods, published by Historic Scotland in January 2007

The Maintenance of Cast Iron Rainwater Goods (.pdf)

Care and Maintenance of Corrugated Iron


Care and Maintenance of Corrugated Iron.  Conservation, repair and maintenance guidance, published by Historic Scotland in 2008

Care and Maintenance of Corrugated Iron (.pdf)

Maintenance of Iron Gates and Railings


Maintenance of Iron Gates and Railings. Conservation, repair and maintenance by Historic Scotland, 2007

The maintenance of Iron Gates and Railings (.pdf)

Irish Government Advice Series


The Repair of Wrought and Cast Ironwork.  This publication gives an introduction to the repair and maintenance of traditional domestic ironwork (both cast and wrought) such as gates and railings. It would be of interest to homeowners, but also provides a good basic introduction for heritage professionals, architects and other specifiers.