Celebrating the Nation's Heritage Ironwork

Starts: Thursday, 14th June 2018 - 9.00am

Ends: Sunday, 17th June 2018 - 5.00pm

Location: Bath

About this event

Heritage Ironwork Festival. Introductory seminar for allcomers, advanced conference for practitioners and professionals Expert talks and stimulating discussion.

The focal point of this unique event will be the creation of a brand new balustrade for the bandstand in Parade Gardens. Based on an original composition by music students at Bath Spa University, with central panels designed by Master Blacksmiths, the musical score balustrade will be forged in the fire in the traditional manner over four days, cumulating in a striking piece of public artwork.

Aimed at heritage professionals, craft practitioners and the general public, the NHIG seminar Heritage Ironwork: an Endangered Species will explore how we can promote the survival of this threatened aspect of our shared heritage.  Talks will address the questions:

What is heritage ironwork?
Why is it important?
How is it threatened?
What can we do about it?

Featuring a presentation by keynote speaker Mark Horton of TV’s Coast and Time Team on ‘Iron and the Coast’, sessions throughout the day will explore and illuminate these pressing issues in different ways.  You may already know something about historic ironwork or it may never have crossed your mind before – either way, you are very welcome to attend this seminar.

The programme for the day will include a walking tour of Bath’s heritage ironwork. 


When? Thursday 14th June 9.15am-4.30pm

Where? Brunswick Room, The Guildhall, Bath

Tickets: £50 Early Bird including lunch available until 30th April 2018.  Thereafter £65 including lunch.

There is an optional £10 upgrade to attend a Civic Reception at the Roman Baths at 7pm on Thursday 14th June to celebrate the opening of BathIRON.


9.15-9.45                   Registration & Refreshments

9.45-9.50                  Welcome & Introduction to the NHIG Chair

9.50-10.25                IRON – making, forming, recognition and decay with Dorothea Restorations, Ironwork Repair Specialists

10.25-11.00              DESIGN & SYMBOLISM of ironwork through the ages              with Jo Kelly, Nash Partnership, Bath

11.00-11.20               Refreshment Break

11.20-11.55               GATES INTO RIFLES: wartime ironwork removal and restoration in Bath with Dr Michael Forsyth, Director, Conservation of Historic Buildings, Bath University

11.55-12.30               KNOBS, KNOCKERS and other overlooked ironwork                with Dr Amy Frost, Curator, Museum of Bath Architecture

12.30-1.00               MILD, CAST OR WROUGHT? Modern & historic ironwork in Bath with Adrian Neilson, Senior Conservation Officer, Bath & North East Somerset

1.00-2.00                 LUNCH

2.00-2.45                IRON AND THE COAST with Professor Mark Horton, Bristol University

2,45-3.20                CARING FOR IRONWORK: tips on preservation & repair           with Geoff Wallis, Ironwork Conservation Consultant

3.20-3.30                PANEL QUESTION TIME -  ALL SPEAKERS

3.30-4.30                GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF BATH’S HISTORIC METALWORK   with Dr Michael Forsyth & Adrian Neilson

How to book

To find out more or get involved, visit https://nhig.org.uk/events/event/bathiron-heritage-seminar/



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