Aimed at heritage professionals, craft practitioners and the general public alike, the NHIG seminar Heritage Ironwork: an Endangered Species will explore how we can promote the survival of this threatened aspect of our shared heritage.  Talks will address the questions:

  • What is heritage ironwork?
  • Why is it important?
  • How is it threatened?
  • What can we do about it?

Featuring a presentation by keynote speaker Mark Horton of TV’s Coast and Time Team on ‘Iron and the Coast’, talks throughout the day will illuminate these pressing issues in various ways.  You may already know something about historic ironwork or it may never have crossed your mind before – either way, you are very welcome to attend this seminar held in the Brunswick Room at the Guildhall on Thursday 14th June.



Registration 9.15

Morning sessions: 9.45am-1:00pm

Lunch: 1:00 – 2:00pm

Afternoon sessions: 2.00pm-5.00pm

The day’s programme will include a walking tour of Bath’s heritage ironwork – including some quirky oddities you may never have noticed.


Mark Horton is Professor in Archaeology at the University of Bristol. His research is maritime and historical archaeology and he has conducted archaeological excavations around the world, including North America, East Africa, the Caribbean and Sri Lanka, as well as in Britain. His particular interest is in coastal communities and their legacies, as well as industrial archaeology. In 2006-7 he led a project that digitised the papers of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Beyond his academic work, Mark is also well known as a TV presenter and presented BBC Coast between 2005 and 2016. His paper at BathIRON will combine many of his interests by examining the legacy of iron on the coast – its structures from engineering, ports and ships to piers, bridges and lighthouses, and the particular challenges in its preservation and conservation.

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FRIDAY 15th JUNE 2018: Icon Metals Annual Conference

The Institute of Conservation Metals Group will be holding their annual conference on the theme: Traditional Craft Skills in Metals Conservation at the Guildhall on Friday 15th June 2018. Icon currently have a live call for papers, so if you would like to take part please see their website for more information.

SATURDAY 16th & SUNDAY 17th JUNE 2018

An exciting programme of talks by and for craft practitioners held in the intimate space of the Guildhall’s Council Chamber, including a private screening of The Devil’s Blacksmith documentary about Walfrid Huber’s recreation of the magnificent Notre Dame hinges.

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