Education

Please note that all the information on this page and additional sub-pages is specific to ironwork conservation.

The NHIG is committed to ensuring that blacksmithing and heritage ironwork is represented and taught in the future.
We have tried to make these sections comprehensive, but please contact us if you know of any opportunities or links that could be added.

The role of the NHIG

NHIG has played a key role in developing the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for heritage and conservation blacksmithing. This has inspired the blacksmithing community to continue and re-write the NOS for the whole of teaching blacksmithing to bring it up to modern standards.

The NHIG also runs Continuous Professional Development courses for professionals in the industry wishing to learn or improve their understanding of the issues surrounding historic iron conservation. Please see the CPD page for more information.

In addition we have information on Paid Learning opportunities, Academic courses, Practical courses and Apprenticeships.

From 2010-12 the NHIG ran a Heritage Lottery funded bursary course, allowing 24 students to train in blacksmithing and conservation at some of the best forges and conservation centres in the UK. This course has now finished but please see the Bursary Course page for more information.