Free event – ACCREDITATION: do blacksmiths need it?

Event Description


FREE online event

Wednesday 27th January 2021     7.00-8.00pm



This is an informal online discussion.

Without some form of accreditation scheme:

  • How do you prevent inappropriately skilled people from damaging highly skilled work?
  • How will clients know where to find the right-skilled people?
  • How can practitioners get recognition for their conservation skills and experience?

This event will discuss the pros and cons of accreditation, as well as exploring how any potential scheme might work.

Panellists will include Adrian Legge, Blacksmithing Education Specialist, and James Grierson, Chair of the Institute of Conservation (Icon).

More details to be released soon.

Adrian Legge, Blacksmith and Blacksmithing Education Specialist

Adrian has been a working blacksmith for over 40 years and has been teaching at further and higher levels for more than 30 years, most recently as Senior Tutor at the National School of Blacksmithing at Herefordshire & Ludlow College. During that time he has become a qualified teacher, assessor and verifier as well as a qualification writer. As a liveryman and Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, he sits on the company’s craft committee responsible for assessing practitioners for company awards. Adrian is chair of the Blacksmith Apprentice Employer Group with responsibility for drafting the new blacksmithing apprenticeship. As such he has a particular interest in the development of education within the craft, including the heritage sector. He also recognises the difficulties that practitioners are faced with in proving their abilities when they are often without formal qualifications. Adrian is also a council/committee member for several blacksmith organisations including the NHIG.

James Grierson, Chair of the Institute of Conservation (Icon)

James is Chair of the Institute of Conservation (Icon), which operates a highly regarded accreditation scheme. James also has experience of accreditation within the RICS and has been a regulator of the architectural profession. He is a Chartered Surveyor who has advised international companies and public authorities on large scale commercial property and regeneration schemes, often involving the structuring of relationships between public and private sector.  James non-executive experience in the commercial, NHS, government, university and charity sectors and now devotes his time to a portfolio of different roles.


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