NHIG hosts inaugural seminar: ‘Best practice in Cleaning, Protection & Coating of Historic Ironwork’

On a fine but cold Saturday in February, the NHIG held its first one day seminar at the Rural Crafts Centre, Holme Lacey, Hereford.

The object of the day was to hold a series of presentations and then discuss the issues and different methods involved in the Cleaning, Protection and Coating of Heritage Ironwork.

Around 50 delegates came from as far afield as Scotland /London /south coast. Including Blacksmiths / specialist conservators/ architects/ heritage trust and students to discuss current methods and to progress towards developing best practice advice for practitioners, professionals, specifies and commissioners.

During a series of short presentations differing treatments were covered, with each speaker outlining the relative pro’s and cons. The delegates were then given the opportunity to question, comment and debate on the subject areas covered during the day. Everyone agreed that it was a really interesting and informative event that as always provided fertile ground for informed and at times vigorous discussion. Notes were taken of the outcomes that will inform the content for future guidance and advice produced by the NHIG.

Huge thanks to Hereford & Ludlow College, who made this seminar possible by hosting this event.

Over the next year or so the NHIG will be organising a series of seminars and master classes covering other areas of interest and concern regarding ironwork conservation. With the intention of promoting communication and understanding between owners, specifiers and conservation professionals and also making available a resource base of information and technical advice on the care and preservation of our heritage ironwork.

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