Living in a Material World: Material Choices in Ironwork Conservation

Event Description

All images courtesy Coode Conservation Partnership

**PLACES LIMITED TO ALLOW SPACING SO BOOK EARLY**

Some of the most important decisions in conservation and restoration relate to material selection. In some cases, using inappropriate repair materials can even reduce the lifespan of an object more than leaving it alone. But deciding which materials to use is not always a straightforward matter, based as it is on a complex balance of knowledge and judgement, involving:

  • understanding of existing fabric
  • potential repair materials 
  • existing coatings
  • likely interactions between these three 
  • decay/corrosion mechanisms
  • ethical standards and policies
  • budget available

For those starting out in conservation, the range of factors to consider can be daunting, and it can be difficult to know what to prioritise. For those who are more experienced, commercial pressures can limit possibilities to explore alternative material options.

So how do heritage professionals balance knowledge and judgement, prioritising competing factors to reach a decision on treatment? 

Join us for some insights into material choices in ironwork conservation as we bring together a range of professionals to share their decision-making processes. 

Speakers include: Alan Williams, Archaeometallurgist at The Wallace Collection; Metals Conservator Peter Meehan on his extensive experiments with coating longevity on wrought iron; Conservation Blacksmith David James on ‘lead’ as a traditional material & technique case study; Dr Dave Gent, structural engineer specializing in wrought iron and early steel bridges, and more … you can find the FULL LINE-UP & PROGRAMME HERE.

Please join us at The Argyle pub after the conference – BOOK HERE (no charge)

COVID PROTOCOLS: The room will not be crowded and will be well-ventilated. Lunch will be served in individual boxes. Hand-santizer will be available throughout the day.

TICKET PRICE LEVELS*

NHIG MEMBER

Business/organisation: £75 (£60 Early Bird until 31st October 2021)

Individual (self-employed): £55 (£40 Early Bird until 31st October 2021)

Student: £35 (£20 Early Bird until 31st October 2021)

NON-MEMBER

Business / organisation: £85 (£70 Early Bird until 31st October 2021)

Individual (self-employed): £65 (£50 Early Bird until 31st October 2021)

Student: £45 (£30 Early Bird until 31st October 2021)

*We aim with our pricing structure to differentiate between those who are self-funding, and those whose ticket will be covered by an employer and who will not lose income by attending.

ALL TICKETS INCLUDE REFRESHMENTS &  LUNCH

THREE FREE STUDENT PLACES AVAILABLE (find out more here)

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Bookings

Ticket Price Quantity
NHIG Member: Business/Organisation £60.00 Sold out
NHIG Member: Individual/Self-employed £40.00 Sold out
NHIG Member: Student £20.00 Sold out
Non-member: Business/organisation £70.00 Sold out
Non-member: Individual/self-employed £50.00 Sold out
Non-member: Student £30.00 Sold out

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