12th - 13th April 2014
Co. Cork,

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.

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Please note that the deadline for registration is 1st March 2014. 


Saturday 24th August 2013
9am - 4pm (Refreshments and lunch included)
G F Williams Room, The Long Warehouse,
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust,
Coalbrookdale, TF8 9DQ

Ironbridge 2

Following archaeological excavation and post-excavation analysis, the question of what to actually do with the material you have gathered is not always an easy one to answer. Depositing items with museums and local authorities is one option; however this is not always possible. This workshop is aimed at introducing those involved with community archaeology (and anybody else with an interest) to the principles of archaeological archiving, the whys and wherefores of cataloguing and an introduction to the various systems used to create an archaeological archive. There will also be a discussion of how best to store artefacts and the general rules of conservation.

Run by Peter Alexander, freelance heritage consultant in North Wales, and previously Curatorial Manager of Denbighshire Museums, this workshop is a worthwhile exercise for anyone interested in working with existing collections, or those looking to start their own.

For further information, or to book your place on the course, (£8 per person or £5 for IGMT Staff & Volunteers) please contact Sam Colclough on 01952435948 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday 21st August.