The National Heritage Ironwork Group (NHIG) is a volunteer-run organisation which is:
The NHIG was established in 2009 by a group of experienced professionals from a broad range of related fields who recognised the need for:
Why is ironwork at risk?
Heritage ironwork is currently at risk because it is:
The absence of standards or regulations means it is commonplace for unqualified people to undertake renovation works, leading to irrevocable damage – or in severe cases even destruction – of artefacts through ignorance.
How has this happened?
A century ago, blacksmith-made architectural wrought ironwork was a fundamental part of our built environment. From flamboyant displays adorning stately homes to the commonplace simplicity of parkland railings, our ironwork heritage represents exceptional mastery of design and superb craftsmanship. Yet since the World Wars there has been a steady decline in the size and condition of the nation’s ironwork mainly affected by:
The NHIG believes this decline can be stabilised and a sustainable future created for our ironwork heritage.
How the NHIG helps