Celebrating Street Furniture


12th - 14th June 2015

Falcon Hotel

Chapel St



CV37 6HA



Wherever you live, your everyday street-scape will include pieces of metalwork. Drain covers, post boxes, ornate railing, statues and everything in between. These items are so much a part of the modern landscape that few people give them a second thought.


Yet these seemingly ordinary objects offer a fascinating insight into the metalworking industries of our recent past. In some cases study of these finished products fills important gaps where other sources of information are lacking or missing altogether.


Studying particular manufacturers, their methods, and technological developments are just the beginning of the list of potential topics. We can also go beyond the realms of metallurgy and think about design choice, trade patterns, and the social and economic considerations relating to the installation of these items.


However, historic street furniture is a diminishing resource. Wear and tear, renovation works, changing fashions and metal theft are just some of the factors leading to historic items being replaced. Recording of these items therefore takes on a new importance. Determining what should be recorded, preserved or conserved is a difficult issue. Balancing preservation of the historic environment with the needs of modern development brings both challenges and opportunities.


Confirmed Speakers


18th century ironfounding: air furnaces and coke-smelting - Peter King, Historical Metallurgy Society

The Production of Foundry Irons from 18th Century Charcoal and Coke fired Blast Furnaces – Richard Williams

Cast Iron Time - Chris McKay, independent

Knock Knock … WHATS there? - William Hawkes, West Dean College

Beer, coal and light: a preliminary study of cellar access systems - Paul Belford, Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust

Foundries and the City - Rachel Cubitt, York Archaeological Trust

Who made that?  Access to data on foundry history – Jonathan Prus and Eddie Birch, independent

Re-using old cannon - Ruth Rhynas Brown, independent.

Oxford Preservation Trust and Oxford City Council Victorian Railings Reinstatement - Eleanor Cooper, Jane Baldwin, Debbie Dance, Oxford Preservation Trust; and Sarah Baines, Oxford City Council

Survey of Cast Iron Lamp Posts in Clifton and Hotwells, Bristol - Maggie Shapland, Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society (CHIS), Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society (BIAS)



The Glass-Bottomed Walking Bus Tour.

Following the formal sessions, the Sunday morning of the conference will consist of a walking tour of central Stratford-upon-Avon. This will not only provide an opportunity to admire Stratford’s unique display of lamp posts from around the UK and beyond, and to spend time looking in detail at other examples street furniture, but will also provide opportunity to network with other delegates.


The AGM will be held during the meeting.


Booking form HERE  Please read and complete the booking form, choosing options, before submitting payment. Online payment HERE  (click on conference title to access options) Please note the EARLY BIRD fee has been extended to the 16th April, after which the standard fee will apply.


For further information, please contact: 
Rachel Cubitt ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), York Archaeological Trust, 47 Aldwark, York, YO1 7BX