The Society holds a number of meetings throughout the year. The Annual General Meeting is usually held in different part of the UK in May or June each year. Visits and fieldtrips form a part of many of our events and these cover a range of different activities from visiting mines, to the remains of furnaces or workshops, visiting working mills, seeing live metallurgy experiments or even going behind the scenes of museums or exhibitions. In the autumn the Research in Progress meeting provides a forum for the presentation of current, usually unpublished research. At these meeting there is an award for the best student presentation by a current or recent student (within 12 months of graduating).
|Upcoming HMS Events|
Archives and Collections Committee Study Day
8th March 2014
12th-13th April 2014
Metals used in Personal Adornment
31st May - 1st June 2014
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham
Metallurgy in Warfare: A Spur to Innovation and Development
3rd-5th October 2014
Saturday 8 March 2014
At the Long Warehouse
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
Shropshire TF8 7DQ
The Archives and Collections Committee (ACC) is holding another study/work day on Saturday 8 March 2014. This is another opportunity to gain an insight into the work of the ACC and the breadth of the Tylecote archive. The study/work day is based on two topics: care of the archive collection, particularly the Ronnie Tylecote photographic archive and care of the slag collection.
After brief introductions the day will mainly consist of workshops with ‘hands on’ work. In the archive with sorting photographs and assisting with storage for the safe care of the images, and in the warehouse sorting, identifying, re-boxing and cataloguing the Tylecote Slag Collection
Tea and coffee will be provided, lunch can be provided at a cost of £3.50.
The day's programme and booking form can be found HERE
Historical Metallurgy Society is organising a meeting in Ireland on the 12th -13th April 2014. The theme of this meeting is “Irish Iron” and will combine field trips with talks and an exhibition. Base camp is Blarney, just outside Cork city, where we will be staying at the Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel. From here, on Saturday, we will visit east County Clare where an extensive charcoal blast furnace industry was established in the 17th century around several rich haematite mines. Three of the four well-preserved furnaces will be visited, two dated to the early seventeenth century, the other possible nearly a century older. On Sunday morning, the little-known site of the East India Company ironworks near Bandon (Co. Cork) will be visited. This site, dating to the 1610s, is exceptional because of its heavily fortified nature. In the early afternoon, Tim Young, who has examined numerous Irish slag-assemblages, and Paul Rondelez, in the final stages of his PhD-research on late medieval ironworking in Ireland, will present an overview of the history of ironworking in Ireland. This will be accompanied by a exhibition of some of the more exceptional remains of early Irish ironworking, such as blooms, a preserved slag-pit furnace, various tuyere types, etc.
Please note that the deadline for registration is 1st March 2014.