The National Heritage Ironwork Group

The National Heritage Ironwork Group launched the Heritage Lottery Fund Blacksmith Bursary Project ‘Skills for the Future’ on 20 July 2010 at Hampton Court Palace. The event was attended by over 80 delegates from various organisations involved in the historic environment and included a demonstration by Paul Allen on repoussé, an exhibition organised by Brian Hall and a tour of Hampton Court Palace by Susan Groom Curator of Historic Royal Palaces

The NHIG is dedicated to the safeguarding and preservation of wrought ironwork through promoting high standards of workmanship, conservation and repair by working towards the development and creation of:

  • guidelines on the specification of restoration work
  • ccreditation for blacksmith conservator/restores
  • resource centre for ironwork information
  • courses studying historic ironwork  
  • The organisation consists of blacksmiths, training providers, conservator/restorers, conservation architects, metalwork consultants & commissioning bodies who recognised the need to improve the standards of the restoration/conservation of ornamental ironwork. Together the collective expertise is used to achieve its aims in discussion, formalisation, lobbying and distribution of information. 

David Humphreys
HTF Executive Committee Member

The National Heritage Ironwork Group is seeking both students and workshops to participate in its Heritage Blacksmith Bursary project which it is running thanks to a £350,200 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant awarded under its ‘Skills for the Future’ programme, subject to approval of the NHIG training plan.  Further details/register your interest