2-day Conservation of Architectural Ironwork CPD

The NHIG runs Conservation of Architectural Ironwork CPD courses around the country.

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What is CPD?

Continued Professional Development (CPD) is the means by which people maintain their knowledge and skills related to their professional lives. CPD obligations are common to many professions. Many professions define CPD as a structured approach to learning to help ensure competence to practice, taking in knowledge, skills and practical experience. CPD can involve any relevant learning activity, whether formal and structured or informal and self-directed.

NHIG two day CPD course

Subject:  Architectural Ironwork Conservation Course
Dates & Venue: See our events page
Cost: £250 including lunches
Sample pre-arrival pack:  Sample CPD Pre-Arrival Pack (.docx)
Booking form NHIG CPD Booking Form (.docx)
Contact Information: info@nhig.org.uk / 01845 501 415 / 07941 127 024

IHBC purpleCPD Recognition

The IHBC (Institute of Historic Building Conservation) recognises that this programme may provide part of the compulsory CPD requirements of a Full Member

What is it about?

Aimed at professionals and craftspeople, this National Heritage Ironwork Group Continued Professional Development course is an introduction to the conservation of ironwork. Delegates will learn the basic principles of assessing historic ironwork in situ and make decisions about its care.

Tender procedures often require the commissioner of the work to have knowledge of the medium in order to procure the best value. We are offering you this knowledge with lecturers designed to equip those wishing to commission work on listed ironwork, whether architects, surveyors or conservation professionals with information they will find essential in the writing of specifications.

 The course includes:

  • An introduction to heritage ironwork and historical context
  • Metallurgy of wrought iron and steels
  • Traditional tools, techniques, materials, design, and manufacture, with a focus on fixings
  • Discussion on working with iron and steel, the process of restoration, surface preparation and treatments
  • Specification and standards for heritage ironwork
  • Contracts and procurement.



Geoff Wallis and Chris Topp are both experienced practitioners with many decades of joint experience, considerable knowledge of the subject, and are enthusiastic lecturers. The course is now in its fifth year and is as popular as ever.


RACHEL CUBITT (Archaeologist)

“This was a brilliant course that has been of enormous benefit to someone with an interest in street ironwork.”

Rachel has written an article about the course and this can be downloaded here:  Rachel-Cubitt-article.pdf (.pdf)

LUCY STEWART (Architect)

“All very good, and interesting to listen to. Everyone’s obvious enthusiasm for the subject made it most enjoyable. It is so much easier to listen to speakers who have a passion for something.”


“Very well structured. Was a little concerned about the cost, but having attended now believe it was great value for money. I would highly recommend it to others.”

ROGER HAIGH (Architect)

“The field trips were extremely valuable in understanding how wrought iron is put together and what happens to gates etc outside on a building and what to do about decay and maintenance.”

GEOFF HUNTINGFORD (Conservation Planner)

“All speakers combined in-depth knowledge, good presentations & informative illustrations.”

JOHN EDWARDS (Architect)

“Good mix of practical & theoretical.”


  • York – 7th & 8th November 2013
  • London – 20th & 21st May 2013
  • Edinburgh – 22nd & 23rd October 2012
  • London – 14th & 15th May 2012
  • Bristol – 27th & 28th Feb 2012
  • York – 23rd to 25th March 2011