• NHIG Award: first winners announced

    We are delighted to announce the first ever winners of the NHIG Award for Heritage Metalwork Conservation. From a shortlist of six strong projects, joint first place was awarded to Daniel Liggins for his work on the Oakes… Read More

  • 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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Design Competition

Could you design the new NHIG Award for Heritage Metalwork Conservation? We are looking for a vibrant design which incoporates the NHIG logo and communicates excellence. Full Brief: Design the tooling for a stamped medallion with the following… Read More

“Tremendous fun with brilliant people”

Ashleigh Garstang, a student at Hereford College, took advantage of one of our student bursaries to attend a day on Surveying & Recording Historic Ironwork. Here he shares his experience: “On a sunny day in May, I made… Read More


EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST If you are a blacksmith with at least five years of practical experience we invite you to consider joining a pilot run of our proposed accreditation scheme in May 2022. To express an interest please email… Read More

New material for student conservator

Student conservator Meghan Parker took up one of our free student places at the recent conference on ‘Materials’ in London. Here she reflects on what she took away from the event. Last week, I had the pleasure of… Read More

Living in a Material World: Material Choices in Ironwork Conservation

SPEAKERS Dr Dave Gent Dave is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) with a passion for bridge design. He is recognised as a specialist in the assessment and remediation of wrought iron and early… Read More