2024 Conference

Five years on from our inaugural conference at the V&A, we are excited to invite you to Hampton Court Palace, home to some of the country’s finest ironwork, for an exploration of craftsmanship past and present.

Traditional skills are passed on with the benefit of being tried and tested, and for that reason trusted. But craftsmanship is a fluid, organic process, naturally evolving as new technologies emerge.

As 21st century ironwork conservators, we have more options available to us than ever before. But in a field where each project presents new and unique challenges, how do we know which materials & techniques are appropriate for the job?

Are the ‘old ways’ always the best? Or can new technologies offer viable alternatives? What are the parameters when using modern materials with historic fabric? When is it appropriate and when inappropriate? And what do we need to consider for longevity?

These are some of the questions we will be addressing at our ‘Tradition & Innovation’ conference at Hampton Court.

From fixings and coatings to casting, scanning and 3-D printing, we’ll be asking a variety of craft and conservation professionals to share their experience of what works. We hope you’ll join us as they showcase materials and methods both traditional and innovative, debating their pros and cons, so that we can identify the questions which will help us to make decisions in the different scenarios we face.

We are endeavouring with this conference to encourage a culture of sharing for the benefit of the whole sector, so we’d like to hear from you too ….

10-minute Heroes

What have you found through trial and error to be the best thing for a particular job? Whether it’s traditional or innovative or somewhere in between, pitch your ironwork conservation ‘hero’ for a chance to champion its benefits for ten minutes at the conference.

Send in your pitch to Jessica: info@nhig.org.uk


Registration opens 9.30am

Day closes 5.30pm (after tour of ironwork)

Post-confernece social: please join us for drinks at The Mute Swan. If you would like to book a table to eat, please contact the pub direct via their website to make a booking.

Full programme details to follow. Follow us on social media for updates:

@historiciron on X

nationalheritageironworkgroup on Instagram


NHIG MEMBER (no evidence needed as we have a record of all members)

Business (employed): £100 (Early bird until 1st June £80)

Individual (self-employed): £75 (Early bird until 1st June £60)

Student: £40


Business (employed): £125 (Early bird until 1st June £100)

Individual (self-employed): £100 (Early bird until 1st June £80)

Student: £60

*We aim with our pricing structure to differentiate between those who are funding their own ticket, and those whose ticket will be covered by an employer and who will not lose any income by attending. Purchase at your own discretion.


You can purchase tickets from our shop here.

There is no need to bring a ticket to the event, as all names will be recorded.

If the delegate name(s) is different from the name of the person booking, please email Jessica on info@nhig.org.uk with the relevant delegate names for your booking.