The National Heritage Ironwork Group is delighted to have formally received an endorsement from Icon (The Institute of Conservation) for its Conservation Principles, which it published last year. The Icon Trustees congratulated the NHIG on its statement of best practice, which specifically relates to historic decorative forged ironwork. Siobhan Stephenson, Chair of Icon’s Professional Standards and Development Committee, said “We believe that these (Conservation Principles) align and reflect the values of Icon’s own approach. The Trustees were very impressed and encouraged by the approach taken by the NHIG as a part of the continuous development of professional standards and practice.”
This follows on from the unanimous endorsement received from the Council of the British Artist Blacksmiths Association (BABA) in October last year. Steve Rook, Chairman of the BABA Council commented “We at BABA are keen to continue our close working relationship with the NHIG and can assure them of our ongoing support to their aims.”
In their continuing mission to both promote good conservation practice and good work, the NHIG encourages all professionals and practitioners to refer to and include the NHIG Conservation Principles within specifications and tender documents to ensure they are implemented for all restoration work on heritage ironwork.
The Conservation Principles, which can be viewed here, have also been endorsed by The National Trust, English Heritage, The British Artist Blacksmith Association and The Ironmongers’ Company.