• Further Endorsement for Ironwork Conservation Principles

    Further Endorsement for Ironwork Conservation Principles

    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,… Read More

  • Guidelines for Commissioning Conservation Work from Blacksmiths

    What questions could a potential client ask to find out how qualified a blacksmith is to do conservation work? It will be necessary to keep it brief so that the interview can be face to face to get… Read More

  • Heritage Blacksmiths Awards

    The National Heritage Ironwork Group recently held an awards ceremony for graduates from the second and final year of its Heritage Blacksmiths Bursary programme. The training was the first of its kind in the UK and set up… Read More

  • NHIG Trainees go behind the scenes at St Paul’s Cathedral

    At the end of October the 2nd year Heritage Blackmsith Bursary trainess, along with members of NHIG’s training steering group, were give a rare insight into the ironwork at St Paul’s Cathedral. On a fascinating and informative tour… Read More

  • First Heritage Blacksmithing Awards

    This July the National Heritage Ironwork Group (NHIG) held its first awards ceremony for graduates from its inaugural Heritage Blacksmiths training programme. The NHIG award is the first of its kind in the UK and is a competency… Read More

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BathIRON Inspires and Enthralls all Ages

When we coined the phrase Be the spark that lights the fire! as the inspiration behind our first major event BathIRON, we didn’t realise quite how apt it would prove to be.  This vibrant 4-day festival, held in Parade… Read More

Whistlestop tour of ironwork at BathIRON seminar

NHIG BathIRON seminar – Thursday, 14th June 2018 Around 60 delegates from a wide range of backgrounds converged on the Guildhall on the first day of BathIRON for our seminar Heritage Ironwork: an Endangered Species.  It was an eclectic line-up… Read More

‘Perfectly Pitched’ Day at Cannon Bridge

In April this year, NHIG delivered a one-day seminar on the conservation of heritage ironwork to twenty Historic England staff in their new, beautifully modern National Headquarters in Cannon Bridge House overlooking the Thames. With a focus on… Read More

Is our response to decorative detail instinctive?

Our most recent Conservation of Architectural Ironwork training event took place at the SPAB head office in Spitalfields, London, from 11-12th April, attended by practitioners and professionals, alongside SPAB Scholars.  NHIG Council members Bethan Griffiths, Chris Topp and… Read More

A New Bandstand Balustrade for Bath

Looking for a project to showcase heritage skills at the heart of BathIRON, Andy Thearle, the festival’s Artistic Director, noticed the bandstand in Parade Gardens.  Utilitarian and uninspiring, the ironwork balustrade seemed at odds with its majestic surroundings. … Read More