We are sorry to say that in the current circumstances, we have had to postpone the presentation of the first NHIG Award for Ironwork Conservation until October 2021.

The NHIG Award for Ironwork Conservation, which will be presented for the first time at the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths (WCB) Awards Lunch in October 2020, seeks to recognise and celebrate excellence in ironwork conservation as an inspiration to all.

Any aspect of heritage ironwork, on any scale, in a public or a private setting, is eligible. Individuals or teams can enter themselves or be nominated by a third party.  The award will be presented to the practitioner(s) who carried out the work, rather than to those who commissioned or specified it, although joint entries by architect and blacksmith, for example, are also welcome.

Submitted work must have been carried out in the last 5 years in accordance with current conservation philosophy.

NHIG Conservation Principles (.pdf)

The judges will be interested in:

• Appropriateness of materials and techniques used

 • Extent to which loss of original fabric was minimised

• Quality of craftsmanship

To enter, please use the form below. You will need to:

  • provide a brief description of the ironwork
  • outline the work carried out
  • explain what approach was taken and why 
  • send images (min. 3, max. 6) separately by file transfer

A panel of experienced judges drawn from members of the NHIG Council and the WCB Craft Committee will assess the entries.

The NHIG will publicise competition entries and outcomes as examples of good practice to inspire others. Please ensure that all permissions have been sought prior to entry and that images have been cleared for use.

Who Can Enter?

Entries can be submitted by anyone closely connected with a project, although the award will be presented to the practitioner who carried out the work. Members of the judging panel are NOT eligible to enter. A maximum of three submissions can be made per person/team.

Opening/Closing Date

The 2020 Application Round will open on 14th February 2020 and close on 14th June 2020. Entries must be submitted online by midnight on Sunday 14th June 2020.  

Final Decision

The decision of the judging panel is final. The panel will not enter into any correspondence regarding the decision. 


IMPORTANT: Once you have submitted your entry below, please send images via WeTransfer to info@nhig.org.uk

Images MUST be labelled with your name and title of entry. If you need help submitting images, please call Jessica on 07503 764 712.

    I have read and accept the terms & conditions of entry.