NHIG Achievements

NHIG are proud that the following projects are either in hand or have been completed:

Glossary of Heritage Ironwork

June 2017 – current (Funded by the Foyle Foundation)
The initial stage of this project will result in a draft Glossary being circulated to our membership in September 2017 with a view to the first edition of the Glossary being up on our website early in 2018.  You can download the initial stage of the project [Download not found] and contribute to the outcome (see Get Involved)

NHIG Annual Report

October 2015 – September 2016  
The Trustees present their Annual Report together with the financial statements of the National Heritage Ironwork Group (NHIG) for the year ended 30 September 2016.

NHIG Annual Report 2015-16 (.pdf)

‘Materials & Techniques’ publication

This Guidance is due for completion in January 2018 (Funded by the Leche Trust, the Radcliffe Trust and the Bath Preservation Trust World Heritage Site Enhancement Fund)  

NHIG Annual Report

October 2014 – September 2015  
The Trustees (who are also directors of the charity for the purposes of the Companies Act) present their Annual Report together with the financial statements of the National Heritage Ironwork Group (NHIG) for the year ended 30 September 2015.

NHIG Anual Report 2014-15 (.pdf)

Illustrated Conservation Principles

Due for completion November 2017    (Funded by The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers)
Following the publication of our Conservation Principles in 2013, NHIG is now endeavouring to produce an illustrated guide to these principles.  If you can help with this project by supplying suitable images please visit our Get Involved page.

Advanced Apprenticeship

2014 – current      (Voluntary)
Under development with City and Guilds, which includes a heritage pathway developed by NHIG, with the intention of it being up and running between August 2014 and August 2015. This development was led by the British Artist Blacksmith Association with NHIG having a key role in the steering group.

Establishment and Staffing of NHIG Office

April 2015 – March 2018  (Funded by the Dulverton Trust)

July 2012 – July 2014  (Funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation)

NHIG was founded by volunteers and continues to be largely run by volunteers but it became clear that in order to underpin the progress made in its early years and office was required; this would become the focal point of the group, handling day to day core activities and administration.  The funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation was for 2 years; the evaluation report for the project can be downloaded below.  Since April 2015, we have been fortunate enough to receive funding from the Dulverton Trust to support the running of our office, which has allowed much important work to be completed.

Establishment & Staffing of Office - Evaluation Report 31 July 2014 (.pdf)

Heritage Blacksmiths Bursary

October 2013 – completed     (Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Royal Palaces, Construction Skills, The Worshipful Co of Ironmongers, British Artist Blacksmiths Association, York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship  and 5% voluntary)
NHIG established the first specialised training programme for Blacksmith Conservators within the UK. Although only a two year programme a sustainable future for the college based part of our programme has been secured through the ‘Advanced Apprenticeship’ mentioned separately.  For further information please visit the NHIG Heritage Blacksmiths’ Bursary page or download the Evaluation Report below.

Heritage Blacksmiths Evaluation Report (.pdf)

Conservation Principles & Guidance for Heritage Forged & Cast Ironwork

April 2013 – completed     (Funded by The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers)
NHIG created the first comprehensive statement specifically for the conservation of ironwork providing guidance for practitioners and specifiers alike. The Principles are endorsed by leading conservation bodies including the National Trust, English Heritage and Icon.  A copy of this guidance can be downloaded below.

NHIG Conservation Principles (.pdf)

Guidelines for Commissioning Conservation Work from Blacksmiths

February 2013   (Voluntary)

NHIG created a list of questions for commissioners to put to blacksmiths in order to determine whether the blacksmith is able to make correct judgements for conservation best practice and establish if he or she has the necessary craft skills to carry out the work.  The hope is that these guidelines will empower commissioners to make informed decisions in the absence of an accredited list of craftsmen.  A copy of the document can be downloaded below.

Commissioning Guidelines (.pdf)

Continued Professional Development (CPD) Course in the Conservation of Architectural Ironwork

March 2011 – established     (Voluntary).  This is an ongoing project with courses being run on an annual basis.  For further details, please visit the Continued Professional Development page 
NHIG have designed and developed a two day CPD course aimed at professionals involved with the conservation of ironwork In order to promote good practise. Delegates learn the basic principles of assessing historic ironwork in situ and make decisions about its care.

J Starkie Gardner – Reprinted

2010 – 2012 (voluntary)
First published in 1911, this book is an accumulation of years of practical work and research by the author, focusing on what is often regarded as the ‘golden age’ of decorative English ironwork. It not only provides the most comprehensive and outstanding record of this art and craft, but it also discusses stylistic trends and attitudes towards decorative ironwork.

The reprint of this important work was instigated by the NHIG and published by Donhead Publishing (now owned by the Taylor & Francis Group).  For further details please click here.

National Occupational Standards (NOS)

June 2010      (Voluntary)
NHIG establishing the first ever NOS for blacksmithing with Construction Skills under their heritage crafts section. This was important in providing a national standard against which training programmes for blacksmiths could be mapped. For further information please visit the National Occupational Standards page

NHIG Launch at Hampton Court Palace

July 2010      (Voluntary, Sponsored by Anwick Forge, BABA, Fire & Iron, Historic Royal Palaces, Orchard House IFAs Ltd, Project Book,  Rational Graphics, The Ironwork Studio, Topp & Co, Worshipful Co Blacksmiths andYork CCC)
A special ‘Wrought Ironwork’ event to launch the NHIG and raise awareness of the need for developing and promoting good practice in the heritage ironwork sector.