HMS Annual Conference 2015

HMS Annual Conference 2015

Event Description

AGM and Conference 2015

The Historical Metallurgy Society provides a forum for the exchange of information and research in historical metallurgy. It aims to gain recognition for the subject from the community at large and to be consulted when issues of preservation and recording arise.

Celebrating Street Furniture – the metalwork we encounter every day.

Wherever you live, your everyday streetscape will include pieces of metalwork. Drain covers, post boxes, ornate railing, statues and everything in between. These items are so much a part of the modern landscape that few people give them a second thought.

Yet these seemingly ordinary objects offer a fascinating insight into the metalworking industries of our recent past. In some cases study of these finished products fills important gaps where other sources of information are lacking or missing altogether.

Wear and tear, renovation works, changing fashions and metal theft are just some of the factors leading to historic items being replaced. Recording of these items therefore takes on a new importance. Determining what should be recorded, preserved or conserved is a difficult issue. Balancing preservation of the historic environment with the needs of modern development brings both challenges and opportunities.

The conference will include the AGM and a walking tour of Stratfod-on-Avon on the Sunday morning. This will not only provide an opportunity to admire Stratford’s unique display of lamp posts from around the UK and beyond, and to spend time looking in detail at other examples street furniture, but will also provide opportunity to network with other delegates.

Call for Papers

The scope of the conference is not limited to any particular period. Although any relevant contribution will be considered, the organisers are particularly hoping for papers on the following themes:

  1. What is street furniture? – case studies, artefact types and development.
  2. How was it made? – manufacturing and manufacturers.
  3. Exploring the past – contextualising street furniture in its contemporary environment.
  4. The future for our street furniture – issues such as recording, repair, preservation and conservation, now and in the future.

Notes for Authors

While offers of papers or posters are welcome on any aspect of street furniture, we are looking especially for those that fit the themes above.

There will be facilities available for posters and time will be allocated for a poster session. The maximum size for posters is A0 (841 x 1189mm – upright/portrait format).

Abstracts for papers and posters should be submitted by 28th February 2015.  Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to HMSannualconf@hist-met.org in Word format and should be no longer than 250 words. Please include the name and affiliation of all authors and indicate the presenting author in bold letters.

Alternatively you can send abstracts by mail to:
Rachel Cubitt, York Archaeological Trust, 47 Aldwark, York, YO1 7BX