Metals used in Personal Adornment 

31st May – 1st June 2014

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham.

HMS Personal Adornment Conference

For many centuries metal, especially precious metals, has been the dominate material used in the construction of jewellery and other items of personal adornment. The basic form of personal adornment varies over time, location and culture. This influences not only the style of the pieces but also impacts the method of manufacture.

This conference therefore provides an opportunity examine the metals used and the metalworking techniques carried out to produce these pieces. Papers are welcome on topics covering all aspects of metal use and manufacture of items of personal adornment (or specifically jewellery) from any period, location or culture.

Abstracts for papers should be submitted by the 6th of January. They should be no more than 250 words and should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A single picture can also be provided for the abstract book. Please indicate the name and affiliation of all the authors and indicate the presenting author in bold letters.

As part of the conference there will be a tour of the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, and a behind the scenes tour of the Birmingham Museum conservation department where they are working on the Staffordshire Hoard.

The Historical Metallurgy Society AGM will be held at approximately 11.30pm on Saturday 31st May, and is free to all HMS members.

Online payment has closed, there may still be places available for this event. As we are past the conference booking deadline please get in touch with the organiser to book.

Conference programme HERE

Travel and Parking (especially for those only attending the AGM) HERE

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to Eleanor Blakelock, Conservation and Scientific Research, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, UK.