We are very excited to be holding our inaugural Working Party on the site of Nettleham Hall in Lincolnshire, where the Grade I listed gates and railings, dating from the early 18th century, are on Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register. We plan to follow the conservation of these gates over several years via working parties led by Fred Suffield of Anwick Forge, himself a graduate of the NHIG Bursary scheme.
This event presents an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in conservation blacksmithing to get some hands-on experience, but is equally relevant and open to anyone who works in the field of built heritage or has general interest.
The first working party, from Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd July, will be one of exploration and discovery as we break into teams for Site Excavation, Site Investigation, and Condition Reports. All being well, the next working party would focus on site dismantling and removal.
Camping will be available on site (own tents) or you are free to make your own alternative accommodation arrangements. All meals will be provided except for the Saturday night meal which will be at a local pub.
You can download the full programme for the weekend here. Places are limited so book early to secure your place.
We are very grateful to the Ironmongers Company and the Radcliffe Trust for offering grants towards this pilot scheme and enabling us to trial a new way of delivering ironwork conservation training. The cost of tickets represents a contribution to food and washing facilities.