Archives and Slag Collections – Study & Work Day

Saturday 11th April 2015

The Long Warehouse - Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust - Telford - Shropshire TF8 7DQ

FULL - this event is now oversubscribed.

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Research in Progress Meeting

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Friday 14th November 2014

Organised by

Philippa Howarth & Victoria Sainsbury


Historical Metallurgy society in conjunction with the Research Laboratory of Archaeology and the History of Art, Oxford, would like to invite submissions for papers for a 'Research in Progress' study day. This meeting is aimed at a wide variety of contributors, from historical and archaeological metallurgists to excavators, historians and economists.

We would like to hear from anyone working on projects related to archaeological or historical metallurgy, and are particularly interested in bringing together contract and public sector archaeologists with academic researchers, and in fostering links between the different disciplines studying metallurgy and related activities. Whether you are a student, a researcher, an interested non-specialist, or a professional excavator, we invite you to meet others working in this field and present your research to an interested community.

A prize is awarded for the best presentation by a student (or recent graduate within 12 months of graduation) at the meeting as chosen by those members of HMS Council present.

Registration details are available HERERegistration fee is £15. Online payment for this event has closed, but there may still be places so please get in touch with the organisers if you are interested in attending.

Link to programme and directions to the venue is HERE

For more information please contact Victoria Sainsbury or Philly Howarth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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.

Registration and Booking form

Full Programme and Practical Information

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Please note that the deadline for registration is 1st March 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 

Enquiries: contact Eddie Birch (Tel 01226 370331) or Louise Bacon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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

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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.