Writing Specifications for Heritage Ironwork

Event Description

A day of practical guidance which will lead you through the process of writing specifications for repairs to historic ironwork. This training event will unpick the sometimes daunting task of specifying methods and materials that are suitable for historic structures, helping you to produce unambiguous statements that address actual repair needs.

By the end of the day, with the additional support of our recently published booklet, you will be in a stronger position to create a specification document that is accurate, meaningful and fit for purpose.  This training day will also assist those who need to read, understand and carry out the content of specification documents.

Topics covered include:

  • Historical, cultural significance
  • Purpose of works
  • Environment, Timing and Budget
  • Choosing a method of repair




Guest speakers Matthew Vaughan of Donald Insall Associates and Peter Meehan of Historic Metalwork Conservation Company will share their joint experience of the conservation project to restore cast iron tracery windows at Top Church in Dudley.


Aim of the day

To celebrate the launch of our latest guidance booklet on the subject of Writing Specifications, we are holding a training day on the subject with the aim of establishing & disseminating good practice in the procurement process for historic ironwork. 

Who is it for?

All levels of experience and background are welcome. This day will be of interest to architects, surveyors, blacksmiths and other metalworkers, contractors, local authorities, commissioners and owners of ironwork – anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of the ironwork in their care.

Venue: The Gallery, Alan Baxter Associates, 77 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL


NHIG MEMBER (no evidence needed as we have a record of all members)

Business/organisation: £85

Individual (self-employed): £65

Student: £40


Business/organisation: £100

Individual (self-employed): £80

Student: £55

*We aim with our pricing structure to differentiate between those who are funding their own ticket, and those whose ticket will be covered by an employer and who will not lose any income by attending. Purchase at your own discretion.


PURCHASE TICKETS FROM OUR SHOP HERE. There is no need to bring a ticket to the event, as all names will be recorded.

If the delegate name(s) is different from the name of the ticket-buyer, please email Jessica on info@nhig.org.uk with the relevant delegate names for your booking.

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