• 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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Student View of Cast Iron seminar

As a student of Hereford and Ludlow College studying blacksmithing, I was invited to go along to the NHIG’s Pigs, Puddlers and Patterns seminar at the wonderful location of Coalbrookdale. I am still unsure of the path I… Read More

FireFOLK: Final Flames of our Flagship event

The spark that kindled BathIRON was a desire to share the living and thriving craft of the blacksmith as widely as possible, while drawing attention to our precious ironwork heritage, and promoting a greater understanding of the high… Read More


Alternative corrosion protection

‘An alternative corrosion protection for wrought-iron bridges’ by Dave Gent, Paul Thomas and Max-Xavier Woof, was recently published in the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) Journal.  Excerpt “A major factor in the maintenance of metallic bridge structures involves… Read More

New sculpture tender opportunity…

Gate Guardian sculpture for Daedalus  Fareham Borough Council requires a large Gate Guardian sculpture for a new open space being created at Daedalus. The Gate Guardian will be a new landmark for the area and should evoke a… Read More