We are currently developing a programme of ‘taster talks’ entitled Introduction to Heritage Ironwork Conservation aimed at conservation and heritage professionals but suitable for any interested parties. Gloucester City Council were among the first to take up this invaluable opportunity to gain an insight into some of the key elements for consideration in approaching ironwork conservation when Geoff Wallis visited them in March as part of their HLF funded Townscape Heritage initiative. The free event was a great success, with thirty professionals, house-holders and practitioners attending the picturesque 13th century Dominican Blackfriars Priory in the City Centre for a morning talk followed by a sandwich and cake lunch. Geoff Wallis explained the processes of making and shaping iron, its decay, and repair techniques. He presented the NHIG Conservation Principles and illustrated the Guidelines with case studies, followed by an interesting ’round-table’ discussion focussed on historic metal samples in the final half hour. Feedback was universally complimentary, and the organizer commented, ‘Everyone found the speaker’s depth of knowledge and style of delivery very interesting’. The event was reported by BBC Radio Gloucestershire, and the Gloucester Citizen newspaper including a photograph.
It is hoped that talks will follow at Bath and Bristol in due course.
Taster Talks are brief, informative and entertaining. They last 1-2 hours, (or longer by arrangement), so if you would like a speaker to visit your group, please contact our Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org.