• 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

The NHIG publishes quarterly newsletters, past copies of which can be found on this page. If you would like to subscribe to our newsletter, please click here, or if there is anything in the world of heritage ironwork you feel we should be reporting on please contact us.

Mathias Heit

The Reverend Alan Walker of St. Jude on the Hill in Hampstead, contacted us about some fascinating screens in his church. My church has some extensive wrought iron screens and gates inscribed “Mathias Heit Schloser Meister 1710”. They… Read More

NHIG holds second seminar focusing on ‘Lead’

  The second in the NHIG’s new line-up of seminars – ‘Lead Casting & Fixing to Stone Using Lead’ – included presentations and practical demonstrations with ample opportunities for group discussion. Delegates from North, East, South & West attended,… Read More

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… Read More

NHIG hosts inaugural seminar: ‘Best practice in Cleaning, Protection & Coating of Historic Ironwork’

On a fine but cold Saturday in February, the NHIG held its first one day seminar at the Rural Crafts Centre, Holme Lacey, Hereford. The object of the day was to hold a series of presentations and then… Read More

NHIG hires a new Administrator

Gayatri Barua-Howe, our much-appreciated Administrator, who has steered NHIG through a year of growth and development, has decided to re-engage with the world of marketing. Their gain is our loss, as Gayatri has served us well in a… Read More