Four days of captivating talks at the Guildhall in Bath, all focused on one thing: IRONWORK



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.

FOR FULL PROGRAMME DETAILS click here:  Heritage Ironwork Seminar programme (.pdf)



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.


Dr Amy Frost is the Senior Curator of Bath Preservation Trust, which operates No.1 Royal Crescent, Beckford’s Tower & Museum, the Museum of Bath Architecture and the Herschel Museum of Astronomy.  She specialises in British architecture of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century and is an expert on the life and aesthetics of the British collector and writer William Beckford (1760-1844).  Amy is also a part-time Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath, School of Architecture.


Dr Michael Forsyth is an architect and director of Bath University’s postgraduate degree course in the Conservation of Historic Buildings. He wrote the book Bath: Pevsner Architectural Guides for Yale University Press in 2003.



As a design architect specialising in conservation, Jo Kelly works in some of the most sensitive historic environments. Trained in Fine Art and Design in Stockholm and at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, in 2011 she was awarded the prestigious Lethaby Scholarship with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). Before joining the Nash Partnership, Jo worked with award-winning architectural practices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Cambridge on some of the UK’s most sensitive historic sites ranging from cathedrals to cottages to castles.


Geoff Wallis is the former Managing Director of Dorothea Restorations, and a co-founder of the National Heritage Ironwork Group.  He has four decades practical experience in the conservation of historic metalwork, and now acts as a consultant.


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 with a wide-ranging and varied programme.  You can book tickets here.

SATURDAY 16th & SUNDAY 17th JUNE 2018

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