First ‘taster talk’ at Gloucester City Council a great success

In March, Geoff Wallis was invited to Gloucester City Council to deliver the NHIG’s ‘Introduction to Heritage Ironwork Conservation’ talk as part of GCC Townscape Heritage initiative. The event was a great success, with 30 professionals, house-holders and practitioners enjoying the picturesque surroundings of 13th century Dominican Blackfriars Priory in the City Centre whilst Geoff 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. 

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

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